Lafarge has officially opened a state-of-the-art alternate solid fuels facility in Sugar Creek, Mo. At a recent dedication event cosponsored by the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Environmental Excellence Business Network, government officials, environmental professionals, business leaders, community members, and employees celebrated the company’s continued commitment to the environment and to the use of sustainable resources.
Representing a $7 million investment, the 22,000-sq-ft facility is designed to process industrial byproduct materials from manufacturing firms throughout the region into fuel required for production operations at the Sugar Creek plant. Using this alternate solid fuel will not only meet 40 percent of the plant’s total energy requirements but also will reduce the plant’s reliance on fossil fuels (coal in particular) by 50,000tpa. It also diverts 50,000 tons of locally generated industrial byproduct materials from landfills each year.