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Ardmore quarry secures limestone reserves

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Hanson Aggregates Midwest, part of Lehigh Hanson, has concluded the purchase of land adjacent to its Ardmore quarry in Indiana, US, including a fifteen-acre plot on which a vacant high school is located. A twelve-acre plot of farmland was also included in the purchase.

“When the property was offered for sales by the Fort Wayne Community Schools, the company saw it as a strategic opportunity to secure future limestone reserves to be provided for local building projects, and to extend its longevity as an employer in the area,” said Brett Pepple, Plant Manager at Ardmore, in a statement.

The Ardmore quarry has been operating since 1929, mining sand, gravel, and limestone at the site for the last 88 years. Its products has been used in a variety of local construction projects, including the Fort Wayne International Airport.

The company will now work to secure the site, before taking the school buildings down.

“After evaluating the building’s state of disrepair, the company determined the use of the building for other purposes was not an option,” Pepple said. “Hanson understands and appreciates the many memories and sentiments attached to the former high school. Plant personnel will work with alumni and residents to coordinate access and a walk-through of the building prior to its being removed.”

Lehigh Hanson is one of the largest aggregates producers in the US – and part of the largest aggregates producer in the world, HeidelbergCement. Within North America, the company’s aggregates facilities operated under the Hanson Aggregates brand. Lehigh Hanson was formed in 2007, following HeidelbergCement’s acquisition of UK-based Hanson PLC.

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