Holcim (US) Inc. has plans to invest $100 million in a modernization of its Ada, Okla., cement plant, according to The Ada News.
The company submitted an application for a permit to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality at the beginning of the month and expects to begin upgrading its sites in Ada between October and December 2014.
“We can’t start without a permit from DEQ,” Robin DeCarlo, vice president of Holcim corporate communications, told the newspaper. DeCarlo said the company will release more details once the permit has been secured. “We are expecting there will be approximately 250 temporary jobs during the modernization phase, which will have a direct and positive impact on the Ada economy,” said DeCarlo. “The modernization will increase our plant’s capacity in Ada by about 20 percent.”
DeCarlo noted the modernization of the kiln line will meet “all known environmental regulations and reduce all major regulated emissions,” even with the increased plant capacity. Holcim currently reuses more than 3 million scrap tires a year to power the facility.