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Lehigh Hanson invests in Mitchell cement plant

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HeidelbergCement Group’s US subsidiary, Lehigh Hanson, has announced modernisation and expansion plans for its Mitchell cement plant in Indiana. The company is to invest more than US$600 million in the project, which will increase production capacity, as well as reducing energy usage and emissions per tonne of cement.

The project is the largest expansion and modernisation undertaken in North America and will enable the company to “produce cement more efficiently and sustainable through the use of state-of-the-art technology and the latest in environmental controls and systems,” said Lehigh Hanson President and CEO, Jon Morrish.

The company is working with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to obtain the required air permits – a process that is expected to be complete in the summer of 2019. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020 with completion of the new plant in 2022.

“The capabilities of the new plant will enable us to better serve our existing customer base in the Midwest, while also expanding our reach in this growing market,” continued Morrish.

In recent years, Lehigh Hanson has worked with local officials to develop the infrastructure surrounding the plant, including a road connecting the plant to the state highway, alleviating truck movement through the town of Mitchell. Logistics will continue to be upgraded to accommodate the additional rail activity that the larger plant will require to ship cement to market.

The Mitchell plant is located atop significant limestone reserves, making it an ideal location to expand the company’s manufacturing capability in the Midwest. The expanded plant will create about 50 new full-time positions at the plant, as well as over 1000 jobs during the project’s implementation.

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