Local MP and member of Parliament, Ken Clarke, visited Lafarge Cement's Barnstone plant to officially unveil a state of the art cement packer which will significantly increase the plant's output.
Lafarge operates the Barnstone plant for blending and packaging a unique range of over 26 ready to use cement-based products, mainly for the DIY market. The facility also exports specialist cements to some 27 countries.
The latest investment in the cement packer follows an upgrade of the administration centre at Barnstone, and the installation of a new sand dryer, ensuring the complete modernisation of the polant.
Commenting on his visit, Mr Clarke said: "ILafarge should be congratulated for their most recent investment in the area, and I am proud that the company has this site in my constituency."
Chris Stephens, Lafarge Cement's Barnstone plant manager, said: "Whilst the construction industry currently faces real challenges, our new sophisticated packer will support new secured business and provide capacity and flexibility for future business."
Over recent years, Lafarge has invested over UK£6.8m at Barnstone, expanding production facilities, refurbishment of offices and improving safety.