Roanoke Cement Co.’s Troutville, Va., plant was honored by the EPA for its major energy reductions over the years. The only cement company in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Roanoke Cement has achieved 11 straight Energy Star certifications in one of the most energy intensive industries in the country.
Representative Bob Goodlatte (R- Va.) applauded Roanoke Cement’s Energy Star achievement. “RCC is well-known to me as one of the largest employers and taxpayers in Botetourt County. To be sure, this is not ‘your grandfather’s cement company.’ With more than $100 million in capital upgrades since 1992, RCC has propelled itself into the highest echelon of 21st century industry – environmentally aware and technologically savvy. RCC’s limestone lake restoration, Appalachian Trail access and Catawba Creek improvements have created a legacy its community recognizes and appreciates.”
To qualify for Energy Star, Roanoke Cement was required to perform in the top 25 percent of cement plants nationwide for total energy efficiency (thermal and electrical) and meet strict environmental performance levels set by the EPA. The Energy Star designation is based on actual energy use and is calculated using a tool prepared by the EPA called an energy performance indicator (EPI).
Chris Bayne, Roanoke Cement energy manager, combines cutting-edge cement industry practices with EPA’s Energy Star tools. “RCC’s plant sits in the Roanoke Valley, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The stakes are higher for us, surrounded by all that beauty, to perform at the pinnacle of the cement industry in energy efficiency.”
Bill Zarkalis, CEO of Roanoke Cement’s parent company Titan America, places the credit with the Virginia plant’s employees and managers. “Titan advances a core value of environmental stewardship and Roanoke Cement’s initiatives have succeeded through dedicated employees who encourage and commit. Their energy awareness generated good ideas leading to innovative practices and energy-saving results.”