Manufacturers – February 2024

Heidelberg Materials North America cement plants in Edmonton, Alberta, and Delta, British Columbia, have earned Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Star for Industry Certification, which signifies that the facility performs in the top quartile of similar operations in Canada and the United States for energy efficiency. That metric is one of many aspects that Heidelberg Materials targets to protect the climate,…

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Drake Cement parent sets sights on Martin Marietta California plant

Martin Marietta Materials Inc. has entered a definitive agreement to sell its Tehachapi, Calif. cement plant to Unacem Corp., Peru-based parent company of Arizona’s Drake Cement. With a projected closing by year end, the $317 million cash deal will position Unacem with 1.7 million tons of U.S. clinker capacity, about 15 percent of the volume in a cement plant fleet…

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Martin Marietta, Drake Cement parent pen California plant deal

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials Inc., Raleigh, N.C.; Unacem Corp. S.A.A., Lima Martin Marietta Materials has entered a definitive agreement to sell its Tehachapi, Calif. cement plant to Unacem Corp., Peru-based parent company of Arizona’s Drake Cement. With a projected closing by year end, the $317 million cash deal will position Unacem with 1.7 million tons of U.S. clinker capacity, about…

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Royal White Cement raises Southwest market throughput capability

Royal White Cement plans a Houston Ship Channel terminal, equipped for annual transfer of 100,000 tons of cementitious materials to truck tankers or rail cars. Located near the mouth of the channel, the facility will lie on a 23.8-acre site of Industrial Realty Group (IRG), which is repurposing three structures formerly used for fertilizer. Along with deep water vessel access…

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Titan affiliate applies artificial intelligence to cement plant downtime prevention

A recently chartered entity, operating independently but affiliated with Titan America, has entered artificial intelligence solutions for cement plant operations. CemAI concentrates on predictive maintenance, building a platform that combines a proprietary licensed software with a continuous monitoring and incident resolution service for mills around the world. The firm works through multiple remote monitoring centers with fully staffed maintenance experts…

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Holcim steers Lattimore, sister Texas brands under corporate banner

Holcim US is uniting its Texas brands—Lattimore Materials, Tarrant Concrete, Colorado River Concrete—under the Holcim banner, alongside the producer’s Midlothian cement plant south of the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. The regional rebrand will advance “big ideas and innovations to build progress for people in the Lone Star State,” yet maintain the existing teams and products responsible for unmatched customer satisfaction, management…

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Lehigh Cement crews reach Indiana plant construction milestone

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…

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Multinational cement producers back carbon management start ups

An unprecedented research, development and commercialization project under the Global Cement and Concrete Association, London, aligns multinational producers and proprietors of technologies aimed at streamlining or capturing and utilizing carbon dioxide emissions from cement plants or other major industrial sources. The project teams permutations of major European, Latin American and Asian cement producers behind six start-ups selected for GCCA’s inaugural…

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Martin Marietta deal guides CalPortland to production points north

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials Inc., Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff Martin Marietta Materials has entered a definitive agreement to sell CalPortland Co. a group of California assets for $250 million: Redding cement plant and related distribution terminals plus 14 ready mixed concrete sites. Martin Marietta acquired the former Lehigh Hanson West Region properties in 2021 and signaled their likely sale in…

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Cement companies formally adopt carbon neutrality roadmap

The Portland Cement Association bills its Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality as an ambitious journey to low carbon dioxide emissions across the cement and concrete value chain by 2050. The document demonstrates how the U.S. cement and concrete industry, along with downstream parties, can lower CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate barriers that are restricting environmental progress.  “PCA is…

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