Kentucky-based Charah Solutions, Inc. will open a second facility using new grinding technologies for finishing granulated blast furnace slag as a supplementary cementitious material. Scheduled to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2019, the facility is located within Watco’s Greens Port Industrial Terminal (GPIT) on the Houston Ship Channel, and accessible by ship, truck and rail. It will deploy processing methods developed by SCB International, which Charah acquired last year and premiered at a New York terminal.
“Watco’s Greens Port Industrial Terminal is an ideal hub to serve our concrete customers throughout Texas and along the Gulf Coast as we continue to identify additional sites and open new facilities featuring these technologies,” says Charah Solutions CEO Scott Sewell.
“This is great news for Texas and surrounding markets where the supply of SCM can be constrained. With this facility, Charah Solutions will be able to receive and deliver slag cement by ship and rail consistently year-round without seasonality or outages, and we can easily scale and increase production to meet market demand,” affirms Charah Solutions Vice President of Byproduct Sales Scott Ziegler. “The opening of this grinding and distribution facility represents a necessary and creative solution for customers as we build our presence in Texas and expand our nationwide MultiSource network.”
SCB technology-equipped mills can be installed for a fraction of the cost of competing grinding processes, he adds, and scaled up or down to market demands. GPIT will receive granulated blast furnace slag, a byproduct of steel
Millions of metric tons
Slag Cement Association members report an 11 percent year-over-year increase in 2018 U.S. shipments, to 3.45 million metric tons. “Those of us in the concrete industry have long known that the use of slag cement increases the strength and durability of concrete at a reduced environmental impact,” notes SCA President Ed Griffith. Last year’s slag cement volume, up from 3.11 million mt in 2017, he adds, “represents the strength of our economy and increased understanding of the benefits of slag cement in the design, specification, and construction communities.”