Lehigh Cement Company, a subsidiary of HeidelbergCement, today announced plans to expand and upgrade its cement manufacturing plant in Mitchell, Indiana. The modernised plant will use the latest technology and equipment to significantly reduce energy usage, fuel consumption and emissions per ton of cement produced. Lehigh Cement Company will work closely and cooperatively with the responsible government and permitting agencies to meet air quality standards and other requirements. Lehigh Cement Company has served customers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and the entire midwest with high quality cement made at the Mitchell, Indiana location since 1902.
“This major investment in the Mitchell plant is an important part of HeidelbergCement’s effort to bring quality building materials products to our customers in fifty countries worldwide,” said Lehigh Cement President and CEO, Helmut Erhard. Executive Vice President, Albert Scheuer, who will succeed Mr. Erhard as North American CEO in January 2008, stressed the benefits of advanced technical design. “We have built new plants and expanded existing facilities from the United States to Turkey and from Canada to China. We have the technical ability and experience to manufacture cement in a manner which is environmentally sustainable, while maintaining the highest quality standards,” said Dr. Scheuer.
Daniel Harrington, President of Lehigh Cement’s North Division, emphasized the need for close cooperation between Lehigh Cement and local and state officials, customers, employees and the community. “We have played a key role in the community for generations,” stated Mr. Harrington. “We look forward to open dialogue with the state of Indiana and the city of Mitchell as we move through the permitting process.” ”Southern Indiana continues to be a leader in manufacturing,” said Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. “This project in my home county proves we can bring about economic growth in Indiana while continuing to be good stewards of our environment.” City of Mitchell Mayor Butch Chastain said, “ Lehigh Cement has been a major employer in our city and has always been a good neighbor. We are confident that the plant expansion will be a big boost for our town.”