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St Marys Cement seeks low CO2 fuel switch

19 November 2021, Published under Cement News

St Marys Cement (Votorantim group) intends to apply to Ontario's provincial government to use a different fuel mix at its St Marys Cement plant, Canada.  The company wants to use alternative low-carbon fuels (ALCF) to supplement the regular fuel mix of coal, natural gas and petcoke. The ALCF's "typically include wood and paper or plastics that cannot be recycled and are not odorous to partially offset an amount of traditional fuels,” said St Marys Cement. Ruben Plaza, t he plant'...

St Marys Cement Bowmanville plant is to install a new wet scrubber

07 April 2021, Published under Cement News

The commissioning of a new wet scrubber at St Marys Cement plant in Bowmanville is expected to result in a significant decrease in emissions. This is the first wet scrubber installed at a cement plant in Canada.     The water injection technology washes out and scrubs pollutants from the outlet airstream of the plant. St Marys Cement Plant Operations Manager, Jim Storey, stated: "This US$25m investment in technology to improve the plant's environmental performance has proven to be effe...

Votorantim and McInnis to combine Canadian operations

11 December 2020, Published under Cement News

St Marys Cement Inc (Canada), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Votorantim Cimentos, and McInnis Cement Inc announced that they will combine their assets to create a combined entity to manufacture, distribute and sell cement in Canada and the USA. The joint venture will be owned by Votorantim Cimentos International (VCI), the international investments platform and wholly-owned subsidiary of Votorantim Cimentos SA, the sixth-largest cement producer in the world, and Caisse de dépôt et placement du...

Votorantim sells Canadian quarry to Sunrock Group

12 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Votorantim Cimentos' North American business unit, St Mary's Cement, has sold an existing quarry with 1400 acres of high-quality aggregate reserves located in Burnt River, Ontario, Canada, to The Sunrock Group, a privately-held construction materials supplier headquartered in Raleigh, NC, USA. According to Bryan Pfohl, the Sunrock Group’s chairman and CEO: "The Sunrock Group is looking forward to building a strong Canadian company in the Greater Toronto Area that is poised to supply high qu...

Moody's changes outlook for Votorantim Cimentos

31 March 2020, Published under Cement News

The outlook for Brazil’s Votorantim Cimentos has been downgraded from positive to negative by Moody’s Investors Service. However, the Ba1 rating for the company has been affirmed.  The credit ratings agency has also downgraded the outlook for Votorantim Cimentos’ subsidiary St Marys Cement to negative from positive.

Closing in on Canada’s carbon

02 December 2019, Published under Cement News

Canada has a well-established cement market and is home to several leading multinationals who dominate the sector. The main concerns of the industry are becoming more focussed on stricter environmental compliance with CO 2 taxes being implemented and more efficient grinding to improve plant performance. Canadian cement consumption is forecast to reach 9.4Mt in 2019 and is particularly high in metropolitan areas such as Edmonton, Alberta The recent Canadian elections on 21 Oc...

St Marys Cement halts production at Dixon plant

22 December 2017, Published under Cement News

St Marys Cement has suspended operations at its plant in Dixon, Illinois, reports SaukValley. The plant currently employs 62 workers and the decision is expected to result in 41 job losses. The plant will stop manufacturing cement but continue the grinding process until the inventory is fully depleted, which is likely to be next summer. The decision arrived after the plant was noted to be at a transportation disadvantage. The company’s five other cement plants are ideally located to take ...

United States: St Marys Cement Detroit plant releases dust

08 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Residents living near St Marys Cement’s Detroit plant have complained of releases of dust by the plant, according to reports in the local press. News website Local 4 details the case of a family living opposite the plant whose car was coated in material that proved difficult to remove. A statement released by the plant, which is owned by a subsidiary of Votorantim Cimentos, said that: “the timing did correspond with a period of time when dust was released during the course of performin...

United States: St Mary's Cement secures funding to expand North Michigan plant

29 September 2016, Published under Cement News

St Mary's Cement, a subsidiary of Brazil's Votorantim Cimentos, has had its application for funding to expand its Charlevoix plant in north Michigan approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), according to local news reports. The approval means that the company can access US$150m from the MSF to finance the project to increase capacity at the plant from 1.4Mta to 2Mta. In a statement, Stephen Gallagher, vice president of St Mary Cement Human Resources, said: “St Mary Cement is thril...


05 January 2016, Published under Cement News

Votorantim subsidiary St Mary’s Cement is proposing to spend around US$130m to a kiln expansion and modernisation programme at its works at Charlevoix, Michigan, USA. This is expected to increase the capacity from the current 1.4Mta to 2Mta.  Elsewhere, Votorantim’s Spanish subsidiary, Cementos Cosmos, has celebrated three accident-free years as the parent company spent in excess of EUR1m to improve the company’s health and safety record.