Holcim (US) Trident plant celebrates 100 years

Approximately 200 employees, family, retirees, friends, and local dignitaries gathered in September, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Holcim (US) Inc. cement plant located in Trident, Mo. The plant also used this celebration as an opportunity to bring awareness to the environment by incorporating a Conservation Day. "The Centennial celebration is an experience of a lifetime for the company, employees of our Trident plant, and the community surrounding it," said Bernard Terver, company president and CEO. "The cement industry has seen many changes over the past 100 years, but one thing remains consistent and that is the dedication of our employees. This plant is a great representation of that dedication."

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Governor recognizes Salt River Materials for role in energy-wise, Habitat home

Contribution of product, engineering services and site labor to Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona's Net-Zero Energy home, enclosed in a panelized concrete forming system, garnered Scottsdale, Ariz.-based cement and aggregate producer Salt River Materials Group an "Excellence in Economic Development and Energy Leadership Award" from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Honoring partnerships, organizations and companies that implement development strategies for their respective region/rural/tribal communities in the past year, the award was presented during the 2010 Governor’s Rural and Regional Development Conference in Flagstaff.

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Ash Grove Kansas obtains Haz-waste permit renewal

A Hazardous Waste Permit renewed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 allows Ash Grove Cement’s Chanute facility to continue container and tank storage, plus kiln burning, of hazardous waste. Issued pursuant to a comprehensive technical review and a late-2009 public hearing, followed by minor modifications to a preliminary draft, the renewed permit also contains technical and regulatory requirements targeting public health and environmental protection. Ash Grove began burning hazardous waste as fuel in 1988 and built a new kiln system in 2000, tripling clinker production without significant change in the alternative fuel consumption.

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Ash Grove, Neb. Wildlife to open education center

Representatives from Ash Grove Cement Co. and Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. (NWRI) announced plans recently for NWRI’s first Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Operations Center in the former site of Ash Grove’s original Nebraska office building located near the Omaha metro area in Louisville. Ash Grove is allowing NWRI to use the 4,500-sq-ft historic office on a long-term basis at a nominal rate. NWRI will use the office building to answer wildlife hotline calls from the public, coordinate wildlife rescues and care, organize volunteers and supplies, create new and innovative education programs for children and adults, and host wildlife training and certification events. NWRI also will use the space to collaborate with other environmental and education organizations throughout our area.

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