Continental Cement Co.’s Hannibal, Mo., cement plant recently earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification, which highlights the plant’s status within the top 25 percent of cement operations in the nation with regard to energy performance.

“Continental Cement Company is pleased to accept EPA’s Energy Star certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Matt Helms, plant manager. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Continental Cement improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its plants, including the Hannibal facility. Key operating characteristics and energy usage were identified to establish the Hannibal plant’s energy baseline usage. All plant employees were encouraged to participate in an energy management program.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment,” noted Jean Lupinacci, chief of the Energy Star Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA’s Energy Star certification.”