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Lone Star Industries announces sale of more than 2600 acres of open space

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In an effort to promote mined land reclamation and expand the state’s most heavily visited parks, Lone Star Industries has announced the sale of 2629 acres of open land to the State of Illinois. Lone Star Industries is doing business as Buzzi Unicem USA.

Buzzi Unicem successfully completed the necessary regulatory reclamation process to restore the land to a natural and productive space, following the cessation of mining activities on the property. The former Buzzi Unicem property will be incorporated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), into the adjacent Starved Rock and Matthieson State Parks. The intention is to restore wildlife habitats and provide outdoor recreation activities to the public.

The company has stated that it is pleased to partner with the State of Illinois, giving back to the community that helped it to operate a successful mining and cement manufacturing location for decades.

“The decision to sell this land to preserve open space represents Buzzi Unicem USA’s effort to be a good corporate citizen and an environmentally responsible neighbour,” said Daniel B. Nugent, Senior Vice President of Technical Services and Government Affairs at Buzzi Unicem. “Sustainable development is a core value of our business model. We strive to do business in a way that can meet the needs of present generations, without jeopardising the ability to satisfy the needs of future generations. We are excited to see what the IDNR and the people of Illinois have in store for this land. We hope the expansion of the state parks through this acquisition inspires other companies to look for opportunities to do the same.”

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, Buzzi Unicem is a leading cement manufacturing company in the US, its seven cement plants having an approximate production capacity of 9 million metric tonnes.

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