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LafargeHolcim officially completes Ravena modernisation

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LafargeHolcim’s Ravena cement plant in New York, US, has officially completed its modernisation project with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The three-year multi-million dollar project to update the plant focused on the construction of a new kiln line.

“By modernising the plant, we have transformed it into an efficient, competitive, and state-of-the-art facility that will allow us to meet the growing needs of our customers and remain a strong partner to the community for the foreseeable future,” said John Stull, CEO US Cement at LafargeHolcim.

Through the construction project, the plant maintained about 135 plant operation jobs, created up to 800 construction jobs, and generated more than US$170 million to the local economy.

According to the company, the new kiln line will allow the plant to exceed emissions levels, improve operational performance, and increase capacity to 2 million tpy of clinker. The new dry kiln technology will use about 42% less fuel, product 40% less solid waster, and consume less water.

“State-of-the-art technology, with an emphasis on achieving the highest levels of environmentally-friendly production and operational efficiency, is the hallmark of this modernisation initiative,” said Dave Fletcher, Ravena plant manager.

Cement from the Ravena plant has been used in a range of high-profile projects in the Northeast US, including the construction of One World Trade Center, the World Trade Center Memorial, and Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“We are proud that the plant has supplied more than 1 million t for high-profile projects,” concluded Stull. “We are all committed to producing quality products for our customers, whether for an iconic project or for local infrastructure needs.”

The completion of the Ravena modernisation comes amid a strong outlook for construction in New York. In analysis late last year, BMI Research forecast construction growth in New York to hit an average of 6.1% between 2016 and 2020 – an acceleration from the previous five-year average to 2015 of 4.8%.

“Strong demand for commercial and residential space, in large part due to robust economic activity in the New York City region, and public infrastructure investment in the state will spur a sustained building boom,” the research company said.

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