A half-century of growth

Lafarge North America Inc. is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

Paris-based Ciments Lafarge entered the North American cement market in 1956 with the opening of a cement plant in Richmond, B.C., forming Lafarge Cement North America (LCNA). The company entered the United States market in 1973 in a joint venture, and a U.S. holding company, Lafarge Corp., was formed in 1983. Lafarge Corp. changed its name to Lafarge North America Inc. in 2001, the same year that its parent, Lafarge S.A., acquired Blue Circle Industries PLC and became the world’s largest cement producer.

Today, Lafarge North America is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. Headquartered outside of Washington D.C., the company employs 15,500 people at roughly 1,000 locations.

For more, visit www.lafargenorthamerica.com.

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