According to local reports, Holcim US Inc. is planning to invest approximately US$100 million in the modernisation of its Ada plant in Oklahoma, which will include an upgrade to the kiln line. The project is expected to increase the plant’s production capacity by around 20% and is set to have a positive impact on Ada’s economy, with around 250 temporary jobs being created during the modernisation phase; the plant currently employs approximately 120 people.
Robin DeCarlo, Vice President of Holcim Corporate Communications, told press that the company has submitted an application for a permit to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and expects to begin work on the plant between October and December this year. DeCarlo further noted that the modernisation of the kiln line would meet all known environmental regulations and reduce all major regulated emissions, even with the increased plant capacity.
State Representative Todd Thomsen also commented on the project, stating that upon completion the plant would be one of the main cement producers in the region and the primary producer of cement in Oklahoma.
Edited from various sources by Rosalie Starling
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