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Lafarge Canada appoints Kate Strachan as Exshaw plant manager

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Lafarge Canada has appointed Kate Strachan as Exshaw plant manager. Strachan will be first female plant manager at Exshaw, Canada’s largest cement plant.

“It feels good,” Strachan told local news outlet, the Rocky Mountain Outlook. “It was about time we saw some more female engineers in management positions out there.”

Strachan has worked for Lafarge Canada for the past 18 years, after graduating in mechanical engineering from the University of Victoria in 2000. Before her appointment as plant manager, she was production manager at Exshaw, helping to oversee the plant’s CAN$600 million expansion.

Before that, Strachan was production manager at Lafarge’s Sugar Creek plant in Missouri, US. She began her career in the mechanical engineering department at Lafarge’s Richmond plant in Canada.

Located in the Canadian Rockies, the expanded Exshaw plant has production capacity of around 2.4 million tpy. “From a plant point of view, we were built to produce a certain amount of volume and there’s a market that’s definitely hungry for it, so I want to make sure that we produce those volumes as safely as possible with all the environmental controls that we can and make sure we improve upon those pieces,” added Strachan.

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