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Titan USA to help rebuild church

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Titan America’s Essex Cement Company, which is located at Port Newark, New Jersey, is donating the cement needed to rebuild the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The church was completely destroyed in 2001 during the 11 September attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre. The destruction of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, described by many as a ‘spiritual jewel’ was a heartbreaking loss to millions.

Essex will be donating roughly 250 t of cement for the project with an estimated value of US$25 000. In partnership with Corona Ready-Mix, the only Greek-owned concrete producer in the NY Metro area, Essex will also produce the concrete. Corona also agreed to donate the remaining cost of the production and delivery of the concrete to the project.

“Titan has a long history of dedication to corporate social responsibility, and it’s a great honour for us to be involved with Saint Nicholas National Shrine. The Shrine will not only be a valuable asset to the greater New York Greek community but it will be a national treasure for future generations,” said company CEO, Bill Zarkalis. “We also wish to recognize Corona Ready-Mix for their generosity and thank them for partnering with us on this endeavour.”

Architect Santiago Calatrava was chosen by a committee of lay and clergy leaders to design the Shrine. Calatrava’s design is reminiscent of the Byzantine architecture of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia.

The Archdiocese and the Parish envisioned the historic site to be a “place of pilgrimage for the entire world.”

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