PCA, Ash, Slag and Pozzolan groups land EPA grant for EPDs

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $2.4 million to advance a project boosting the number of facility-specific Environmental Product Declarations from Portland Cement Association, American Coal Ash Association, Natural Pozzolan Association and Slag Cement Association members. The project will entail PCA distributing up to $1.5 million in grants to eligible…

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Heidelberg Materials finishes Indiana slag cement mill, CM hub

Sources: Heidelberg Materials North America, Irving, Texas; CP staff Heidelberg Materials has completed conversion of its Speed, Ind. cement plant to a slag grinding facility, specialty cementitious materials distribution hub, and terminal for Type IL powder from its Mitchell, Ind. plant. Shortly after the mid-2023 dedication of the 2.4 million metric ton/year capacity Mitchell upgrade, the producer outlined new slag…

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Texas Lehigh ramps up 500K tpy capacity slag cement mill 

Sources: Heidelberg Materials North America, Irving, Texas; CP staff Texas Lehigh Cement Company LP, the 50/50 joint venture of Heidelberg Materials North America and Dallas-based Eagle Materials Inc., plans a summer start for a slag cement grinding and finishing operation in Houston. In tandem with a Buda, Texas flagship plant, the new mill strengthens Texas Lehigh’s footprint in a fast-growing…

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Levy agreement raises Heidelberg Materials’ slag cement profile

  Dearborn, Mich.-based Edw. C. Levy Co. will provide Heidelberg Materials a projected 400,000-plus tons of slag granules annually, sourced from domestic sites, under a new supply contract. The granules will be delivered to a Speed, Ind. operation that Heidelberg Materials is converting from legacy cement plant to advanced cementitious materials grinding, finishing and distribution hub. The producer anticipates slag…

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Heidelberg Materials raises slag cement footprint through Levy agreement

Sources: Heidelberg Materials North America, Irving, Texas; CP staff Dearborn, Mich.-based Edw. C. Levy Co. will provide Heidelberg Materials a projected 400,000-plus tons of slag granules annually, sourced from domestic sites, under a new supply contract. The granules will be delivered to a Speed, Ind. operation that Heidelberg Materials is converting from legacy cement plant to advanced cementitious materials grinding,…

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Organizations – July 2023

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has enrolled 29 emerging operations, sales and technical or engineering professionals from 19 producer and associate member companies in the 2023 Developing Industry Leaders (DIL) program. This year’s class represents 21 states, notes NRMCA Vice President, Education Eileen Dickson, who serves as chief staff liaison to the Workforce Development Committee, DIL administrator. The program…

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Solar array powers northernmost Valmont prestressed pole plant

Sources: Valmont Industries Inc., Omaha, Neb.; CP staff A new solar array abutting a Bristol, Ind. cornfield has the potential to deliver 900-plus kilowatts of electricity, or up to 100 percent of the power to run an adjacent facility: Valmont Industries’ spun, prestressed concrete utility pole plant. The array includes 70 single-axis trackers from a sister business offering the Convert…

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Slag cement producers curate course content for professors, students alike

Sources: Slag Cement Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff‘ Slag Cement University has premiered as a central repository of educational resources on a key supplementary cementitious material for concrete. The Slag Cement Association designed offerings to make it easy for educators to incorporate candidate course content into existing construction or engineering college degree programs. The University serves to enhance concrete…

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Cemex extends Sunshine State cementitious materials distribution

Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff Cemex USA has increased portland cement, slag cement and fly ash sourcing flexibility and distribution capacity in Florida, its largest market, with $8 million-plus in Ports of Pensacola and Palm Beach terminal investments. The producer has added barge unloading equipment to augment the former operation’s legacy rail load out and leverage its parent company’s…

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Slag cement producers log fifth consecutive year of double-digit shipment gains

Sources: Slag Cement Association, Farmington Hills, Mich., Slag cement shipments in the U.S. climbed 11.7 percent in 2020 versus prior-year volume, sustaining a streak of year-over-year, double-digit percentage growth dating to 2016. The Slag Cement Association attributes the trend in part to the binder’s benefits in plastic and cured concrete, including better workability and finishability; thermal stress reduction; higher compressive…

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