Ash Grove Cement Co. announced James P. Sunderland, former company chairman and president, died May 27.2 AshGrove 200

Sunderland joined the Ash Grove Lime and Portland Cement Co. in 1957 as its corporate secretary in Kansas City. In his 43-year career at Ash Grove Cement, Sunderland held several leadership positions including serving as the company’s chairman and president. During Sunderland’s tenure, Ash Grove Cement became one of the largest portland cement producers in the United States.