Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.
Four cement plants received special recognition for their commitment to improving the environment and their communities at the 11th Annual Cement Industry Environment and Energy Awards, sponsored by PCA and Concrete Products' sister publication Cement Americas at the association's recent spring meeting in Chicago. Of the six total top awards, Cemex's Louisville facility took three, including one for Overall Environmental Excellence.
The awards honor individual cement facilities that exemplify the spirit of continuous environmental improvement and support this spirit with action. These plants went beyond government regulations and local laws to ensure that their processes and policies contributed to making their communities better places to live and work.
“Although it is one of the most highly regulated industry sectors in the United States, cement companies are consistently challenging manufacturing policies and procedures, and are on the forefront of new technologies to make their plants more energy efficient and become better stewards of the land and resources,” said Brian McCarthy, PCA president and CEO.
Nineteen U.S. cement facilities were in contention for the awards. The six category winners were:
- Overall Environmental Excellence: Cemex, Louisville, Ky.
- Outreach: Titan America LLC/Roanoke Cement Co., Troutville, Va.
- Environmental Performance: Holcim (US) Inc., Theodore, Ala.
- Land Stewardship: St. Marys Cement Inc. (U.S.)/VCNA, Charlevoix, Mich.
- Innovation: Cemex, Louisville, Ky.
- Energy Efficiency: Cemex, Louisville, Ky.