Sources: Lehigh Hanson Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff
Lehigh Hanson has marked placement of the final segment of the steel stack abutting a new preheater tower at the Lehigh Cement Mitchell Plant in Indiana. Management, construction team members and local dignitaries assembled July 22 for a ceremonial topping out, complete with American flag unfurling.
“We are another step closer to realizing completion of this monumental project,” said Lehigh Cement Plant Manager Tracy Crowther. “Thanks to the efforts and support of our employees, contractors, vendors, trade workers and the Mitchell community, this amazing new plant will be ready to begin production in the very near future.”
“Today’s event marks a significant milestone in the construction of the new Lehigh Cement plant,” added Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN-9). “I am excited to see such a major investment in Mitchell taking shape and nearing completion.”
The company broke ground on a new cement production line in October 2019, aiming to more than double the potential throughput of a legacy 800,00 ton/year kiln. Following a delay caused by Covid-19 response measures, construction resumed in September 2020 at an accelerated pace, with projected plant commissioning in early 2023. Advanced equipment and technology will position the new Mitchell line for a substantial capacity increase while significantly reducing energy usage, fuel consumption and emissions per ton of output.