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United States: Kosmos Cement plant suffers fatality

12 August 2016, Published under Cement News

A person has died after a workplace accident at the Cemex-owned Kosmos Cement plant in Louisville, Kentucky, USA Associated Press reports that local police attributed the accident to a mechanical failure in a pulley system. An investigation is currently underway and the victim has yet to be identified. In April, Kosmos Cement agreed to pay a US$400,000 after admitting negligence that led to the death of a contractor in February 2014.

United States: Cemex fined US$1.69m over air pollution

01 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Cemex has reached a deal with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) whereby the company will pay a US$1.69m fine and install pollution-control equipment in five of its American plants, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. The company will also be required to carry out energy audits at its plants and spend a further US$150,000 on energy efficiency projects. Last week saw the EPA file a federal complaint concerning air pollution arising from Cemex’s operations in Knoxville, Louisvil...

CRH 1H16 earnings to reach US$1.1bn driven by US and Asian markets

27 April 2016, Published under Cement News

In its earnings statement for 1Q2016, CRH predicts that EBITDA will rise to EUR1bn (US$1.1bn) driven by growth in the United States and the Philippines. This is around five per cent up on last year, with the final figure to be announced when 1H2016 results are published on 25 August. Sales for 1Q2016 itself are up nine per cent YoY, with US sales up by 22 per cent and Asian sales up 12 per cent. European markets were reported to be flat.  Some EUR85m (US$96m) was spent on acquisitions ...

US cement shipments up 26% YoY in February

26 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Preliminary data from the US Geological Survey shows that Portland and blended cement shipments in February 2016 amounted to 6.0Mt, including 630,000t of imports. These figures are both up on February 2015, with overall shipments being 26 per cent higher and imports 29 per cent higher. Shipment volumes for February 2016 were well above the 4.5Mt average over the previous five years (2011-15), being 34 per cent higher. Clinker production was 5.1Mt, 13 per cent higher than in February 2015....

USA: Cemex fined US$400,000 over negligence at Kosmos Cement

21 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Cemex-owned Kosmos Cement has pleaded guilty to negligence over its failure to comply with health and safety standards , which contributed to the death of a contractor. The company was fined US$400,000, of which US$200,000 is payable immediately. The remaining US$200,000 will be waived if Cemex upgrades the facilities at its plant in Louisville, Kentucky, to the required standard, adopts a written maintenance control programme and allows on-site inspections by state officials. Accordin...

PCA celebrates 100 years: James Toscas interview

20 April 2016, Published under Cement News

ICR prepares for the IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference and Exhibition in Grapevine, Dallas, Texas, USA 15-19 May by interviewing James Toscas, PCA’s president and CEO, on the role of the PCA and the current state of the US cement industry. James Toscas, PCA President and CEO, speaking earlier this year at the PCA's Spring Congress. ICR: How would you decribe the role and main focus of the PCA today? JT: Firstly, we want to maintain the success and the ef...

USA: Ash Grove announces more award winners

08 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Ash Grove Cement Company’s Durkee plant in Oregon has won an internal award for excellence in safety.  Commenting on the win, Steve Minshall, Ash Grove corporate health and safety director, said: “Earning the Safety Excellence Award takes focussed effort, teamwork, accountability and truly valuing the well-being of every person in the plant, and we congratulate the Durkee employees on their achievement”. The company’s plants in Durkee (OR), Leamington (UT), Midlothian (TX) as well as t...

PCA revises down 2016 US consumption forecast

30 March 2016, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in the United States will continue to rise by 3.4 per cent, according to a report from the Portland Cement Association (PCA). This is down slightly compared to its autumn forecast of five per cent. PCA expects 2017 cement consumption will grow at a rate of 4.3 per cent. “The new forecast reflects the implementation of the new multi-year highway bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act,” said Edward Sullivan, PCA chief economist and group vice-presiden...

Council cancels permit for Massachusetts cement plant

29 March 2016, Published under Cement News

Officials in Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA, have rescinded a permit given to Attleboro Sand & Gravel to allow it to develop a cement plant. Local newspaper the Sun Chronicle reports that the zoning board of appeals ruled that the plant is not allowed in the industrial business park zone where the company's 180-acre property is located. Attleboro Sand & Gravel, which is owned by Massachusetts construction firm the Lorusso Coporation, had argued that since they had previously produced cement...

Preview: 2013 IEEE-IAS/PCA 55th Cement Industry Technical Conference

11 March 2013, Published under Cement News

Orlando, Florida is the venue for the 55th IEEE-IAS/PCA’s Technical Cement Industry Conference and Exhibition in 2013. Ahead of the event, the April 2013 issue of International Cement Review will present comprehensive coverage of the North American cement sector, including topical interviews with industry leaders Cary Cohrs (PCA Chairman) and Ted Richardson (IEEE’s National Chairman) . Conference venue: Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Florida, USA Suwannee Cement works, Fl...