Essroc to add Holcim’s Garden State GranCem slag mill, Boston terminal

Sources: Essroc Italcementi Group, Nazareth, Pa.; CP staff

Essroc has signed an agreement to acquire the Holcim (US) Inc. slag cement grinding plant in Camden, N.J., along with an Everett, Mass., cement terminal. With 700,000 metric tons’ capacity, the Delaware River facility stands to triple slag cement output for Essroc, which mills the supplementary binder at Picton, Ontario; San Juan, P.R.; and, Middlebranch, Ohio, operations.

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Holcim prepares to dispatch the bulk of its GranCem slag business

Sources: CP staff; Lafarge Group, Paris

U.S. assets Lafarge Group and Holcim Ltd. are preparing to unload shortly after their proposed merger—on track to close in mid-2015, forming LafargeHolcim—include ground granulated blast furnace slag cement grinding facilities unusually strategic to dense population centers: Camden, N.J., 700,000 tons/year capacity, located on the Delaware River, overlooking Philadelphia; and, Chicago Skyway, 600,000 tons/year capacity, on a Lake Michigan inlet near the Illinois-Indiana border.

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