Cement production hits 28-year low

The U.S. Geological Survey reported its final 2010 domestic cement statistics, confirming the historically weak consumption levels in Portland Cement Association forecasts. Last year saw about 61 million tons of portland cement and 1.8 million tons of masonry cement produced at 102 plants in 36 states, plus two plants in Puerto Rico. Overall production was the lowest since 1982 and…

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PCA names Titan America, Cemex chiefs to top board posts

Convening in Palm Beach, Fla., for its fall meeting, the Portland Cement Association board of directors elected Titan America CEO Aris Papadopoulos chairman and Cemex USA President Gilberto Perez vice chairman, both for two-year terms. Papadopoluous, who succeeds GCC of America’s Enrique Escalante, has been at the helm of Titan America and Titan Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., since 1994, overseeing…

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World slag demand on the rise as supplies declines

Driven by low-carbon and other environmental policies, demand for ferrous slag in cement and aggregates industries worldwide stands to outstrip supply, according to a new study released by IntertechPira, Leatherhead, UK. No longer mere disposable iron and steel manufacturing by-products, the data suggests, ferrous slag, i.e., blast furnace and various types of steel slag, will become increasingly marketable as consumption…

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CalPortland to pay $350K in penalties for Clean Air violations

The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recently lodged a consent decree resolving Clean Air Act claims against CalPortland Co. concerning the company’s Rillito, Ariz., cement plant. EPA’s complaint alleged that CalPortland did not obtain permits required by the Clean Air Act. The company agreed that it will either upgrade equipment, such as baghouses…

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