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Hanson reopens Teesport site

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World Cement,

Hanson has created 20 new jobs by re-opened its ground granulated blast furnace slag grinding plant at Teesport Docks in Middlesbrough.

The plant was mothballed in 2009 during the recession but a continued upturn in construction activity last year prompted Hanson to return to the site and prepare it for reopening.

It takes blast furnace slag and grinds it into a fine powder that is used as a cement substitute in ready-mix concrete. Originally sourced from the nearby steel works, which has since closed, the raw material will be imported and will help to sustain the docks.

The £2 million project to reopen the site was completed on time and budget, with all new staff having been put through a comprehensive technical and operational training programme.

Site manager Duncan Felgate said: “It has taken nine months to get up and running again. One of the main problems we had to overcome was to replace all the copper wiring, which had been meticulously stripped out by thieves.”

Hanson sells its ground granulated blast furnace slag under the Regen brand name and operates a further two UK production plants at Purfleet in Essex and Port Talbot in south Wales.

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