Topping the 2023 radar

Major industry developments last year did not match the eventful 2021, when a dealmaking flourish put leading admixture, plant equipment and ready mixed or manufactured concrete brands or market stakes on track to change hands. But 2022 served up its share of surprises. A review of the year’s most impactful content from these pages and our companion Concrete Currents weekly…

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Titan America fully converts Pennsuco, Roanoke plants to Type IL

Sources: Titan America LLC, Norfolk, Va.; CP staff Titan America has become the first U.S. producer to fully switch its ASTM C150 Type I/II portland cement to ASTM C595 Type IL or portland-limestone cement. This lower carbon powder utilizes conventional clinker and gypsum, typically blended with up to 15 percent limestone at the grinding lines of Roanoke Cement in Virginia…

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Lehigh Cement transitions top mill, Union Bridge, to EcoCemPLC

Sources: Lehigh Hanson Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff The Lehigh Cement plant in Union Bridge, Md. will see primary output shift from ordinary portland cement to the branded EcoCem Portland-Limestone Cement—clinker + up to 10 percent finely graded limestone—by no later than January 2023. Union Bridge is presently the producer’s largest plant in North America; the switch to the branded…

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Titan America loads N.J. terminal with portland-limestone blend

Titan America has begun offering Type IL portland-limestone cement from its Essex Cement storage and distribution facility at the Port of Newark, becoming New Jersey’s charter source of the blended binder. Metro New York-New Jersey customer adoption of lower carbon alternatives to ordinary portland cement (clinker only) stands to drive the terminal’s full transition to PLC by the end of…

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CalPortland Mojave plant all in on portland-limestone cement

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; CP staff CalPortland plans full conversion of its 1.3 million ton/year capacity Mojave plant, located 75 miles north of the Los Angeles Basin, to the branded Advancement HS portland-limestone cement. Scheduled for completion by the third quarter, the switch from ordinary portland to Type IL cement will reduce the facility’s carbon emissions by 10 percent…

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Buzzi, Alamo sequence eight-mill migration to portland-limestone cement

Sources: Buzzi Unicem USA, Bethlehem, Pa.; CP staff Consistent with corporate environmental management and Portland Cement Association Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality goals, Buzzi Unicem USA and Alamo Cement Co. CEO Massimo Toso has announced a transition from ASTM C150 Types I and II portland cement production to C595 Type IL, or portland-limestone cement. “The conversion begins with our plants in…

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Titan America loads portland limestone powder to New Jersey terminal

Sources: Titan America, Norfolk, Va. Titan America has begun offering Type IL portland-limestone cement from its Essex Cement storage and distribution facility at the Port of Newark, becoming New Jersey’s charter source of the blended binder. Metro New York-New Jersey customer adoption of lower carbon alternatives to ordinary portland cement (clinker only) stands to drive the terminal’s transition to exclusively…

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Cemex ups portland limestone powder availability in the Southeast

Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff Cemex USA has increased portland limestone cement (PLC) output at its Brooksville, Fla., and Demopolis, Ala. plants for concrete customers and contractors across the southeastern United States. With finely graded limestone blended at up to 10 percent, PLC or Type IP powder has a lower carbon footprint than ordinary portland cement due to the…

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Titan America reaches Type IL watermark, doubles Florida terminal capacity

Sources: Titan America LLC, Norfolk, Va.; CP staff Titan America reports that portland-limestone cement, or Type IL, now accounts for half of the output from its Florida and Virginia mills. The Titan Florida LLC plant in Medley, known as Pennsuco, was the first Sunshine State cement operation to obtain Florida Department of Transportation approval for its Type IL cement.

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