Lehigh Cement Co said Monday it has completed construction of a US$20m loading and storage system in anticipation of increased demand.
The new silo is 79 feet wide and 329 feet tall and highly automated for the loading of trucks and rail cars. The system can load 25t of cement in under 10 minutes, the company said.
We have been struggling with this economy along with everyone else, but we are doing OK and haven’t had to resort to layoffs," said plant manager Rick Parker.
The new loading and storage system took about 36 months to build, and has environmental controls that almost eliminate dust. Truck drivers access the system via keypads and swipe cards, and have to leave the vehicle only briefly. Almost everything is automated, including the printing of a bill upon departure.
Lehigh Cement is a unit of Texas-based Lehigh Hanson, which in turn is a subsidiary of HeidelbergCement AG.