HeidelbergCement Reports Strong First Quarter

HeidelbergCement reported a good start to 2020 despite a rough March. Compared with the strong January and February of the previous year, sales volumes increased in all business lines. From mid-March, however, sales volumes were significantly impaired by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, such as state-imposed production downtimes and construction stoppages on major infrastructure projects. 

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Cement Shipments Jump 13% in February

Total shipments of portland and blended cement, including imports, in the United States and Puerto Rico in February 2020 were 6.4 million metric tons (Mt), an increase of 13% from shipments in February 2019, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through February totaled 13.3 Mt, an increase of 9.9% from those for the same period in 2019. The leading producing states for portland and blended cement in February 2020 were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. 

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PCA Names Safety Performance Award Winners

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) announced the winners of the 2019 Chairman’s Safety Performance Awards, which recognize outstanding safety performance in the manufacturing of portland cement.

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GCC Plant Moves to Renewable Energy

GCC’s Rapid City, S.D., cement plant has partnered with Black Hills Energy to move to wind energy in the next year. The Black Hills’ Renewable Ready Program will provide about 50% of the cement plant’s electricity needs for the next 15 years.

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