Cemex USA’s Victorville cement plant, a Southern California staple that recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, received Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certification for its ongoing sustainability, environmental-protection and land-stewardship efforts. Cemex now has 18 WHC-certified sites in North America; 15 are in the U.S.

The company’s WHC Conservation Certification programs are mainly focused on habitat restoration and sustainability. In 2013, two wind turbines were commissioned at the Victorville plant generating electricity that can power more than 500 homes.

The plant earned its fifth Energy Star certification this year for reducing its energy usage and environmental impact. Also, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District awarded the plant the 2015/2016 Exemplar Award, the district’s highest honor for reducing carbon footprints.

“This plant has persevered through good times and bad: Two world wars, three different owners and countless upgrades to its facilities and equipment. And yet, through all of the changes, two things have remained constant: A commitment to safety and a commitment to producing a high-quality product,” said Dr. Hugo Bolio, Cemex USA’s executive vice president of cement operations and technology.

“The Victorville cement plant is more than just a business. It is a family. None of this would have been possible without the people who’ve worked here over the past 100 years. Cemex looks forward to celebrating the continued successes of our Victorville team over the next century,” added Cemex USA President Ignacio Madridejos.