Lafarge invests in Illinois factory

Lafarge has launched a project to modernize its Joppa, Ill., cement plant. When the $415 million project is completed in 2010, the plant will be able to annually produce 2 million tons of cement.

The construction effort is part of the company’s major emphasis on cost reductions. The changes will enhance the plant’s environmental performance significantly in terms of alternative fuel use and emission control. The modernization includes a new kiln that will use up-to-date processes and allow Lafarge to maintain highly competitive positions in terms of safety, product quality and production costs.

Jean-Marc Lechêne, president of cement in North America, said in a news release that this investment will reduce Lafarge’s need to import cement to meet demand.

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