A US$500m upgrade at Essroc Cement Corp. is expected to be finished later this year, an investment that has been good for the local plant and its employees as well as the community, said Derek Nicholls, corporate vice president of operations.
The project broke ground in 2006 and is the largest financial investment in North America for Essroc Italcementi Group, which is the fifth-largest cement producer worldwide.
Because of the modernisation, the South Queen Street facility also will be the company’s flagship plant in North America, Nicholls said.
Essroc, which is headquartered in Nazareth, Pa, purchased the local facility from Capital Cement in 2002.
Company officials estimate that the new plant’s mechanical construction is 80 per cent complete, while the electrical and communications component is about 50 per cent complete.