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04 May 2022

The Cape Girardeau (MO) Plant Receives Legislative Recognition of Safety Achievement

On April 12, 2022, the Cape Girardeau Plant received a Resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives recognizing several recent achievements, most notably receipt of the Buzzi Unicem USA's 2021 Champions of Safety Award.   The Champions of Safety Award is granted to the BUU Plant that exhibits superior safety performance in the areas of injury prevention, regulatory compliance, employee involvement, sustainability and public relations. This resolution was possible thanks to the efforts of Missouri Congressman Jamie Burger (District No. 148), and Cape Girardeau now proudly displays the "travelling" Champions of Safety trophy and the Resolution plaque at the facility.

17 March 2022

Buzzi Unicem USA and Alamo Cement Company announce changes to production of Portland Cement at its U.S. operations

Buzzi Unicem USA and Alamo Cement Company announce changes to production of Portland Cement at its U.S. operations

 

BETHLEHEM, PA March 17, 2022:

 

In keeping with their commitment to the environment and the Portland Cement Association’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, Massimo Toso, President and CEO of Buzzi Unicem USA Inc. and President and CEO of Alamo Cement Company, announces the following changes:

 

“By the end of 2022, Buzzi Unicem USA and Alamo Cement Company will implement full conversion from traditional ASTM C150 Type I and II cements (OPC) to ASTM C595 Type IL (PLC) cement. The conversion begins with our plants in Cape Girardeau and Festus, Missouri; Greencastle, Indiana; Maryneal, Texas; and Pryor, Oklahoma, making the transition to Type IL (PLC) by the end of Q1 2022. Alamo Cement Company in San Antonio, Texas, will complete its transition by mid-2022 followed by our Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant in Q3 2022. And finally, our Stockertown, Pennsylvania, plant will fully convert by year end. Type IL (PLC) cement can reduce the CO2 emissions up to 15% in comparison with traditional cement.

 

With these changes, Buzzi Unicem USA and Alamo Cement are supporting the cement industry’s goal of reducing carbon emission intensity.”

 

Buzzi Unicem USA and Alamo Cement Company

Buzzi Unicem USA, part of the Buzzi Unicem group, is one of the leading cement manufacturing companies in the USA. Headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Buzzi Unicem USA serves the Midwest, Southwest, Northeast and Southeast sections of the country.

 

Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Alamo Cement Company is wholly controlled by Buzzi Unicem S.p.A.  The Company operates with a remarkable vertical integration in the ready-mix concrete and natural aggregates sector through 78 batching plants and four aggregates quarries.

 

With over 2,200 valued employees, the companies operate 8 cement plants, with a production capacity of approximately 10 million metric tons, and 36 cement terminals across the country, which distribute its cement products to over 20 states. Together Buzzi Unicem USA and Alamo Cement Company supply portland and masonry cement products to more than 3,800 customers in the construction industry.

30 December 2021

Buzzi Unicem USA Cape Girardeau Plant Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Buzzi Unicem USA continues to demonstrate its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certification for its Youth Fishing Days and White-tailed Deer Management projects at the Cape Girardeau plant in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Under these projects, representatives from the Missouri Department of Conservation as well as current and retired Buzzi employees provide instruction on fishing techniques, fish identification, and wildlife conservation at the plants Marquette Lake.  The Cape Girardeau plant has also installed trail cameras to compile an inventory of wildlife in various habitats and having employees complete survey cards documenting wildlife sightings made while using the lake and surrounding land.

“The Youth Fishing Days and White-tailed Deer Management projects are recognized as meeting the strict requirements of WHC Conservation Certification,” said Margaret O’Gorman, President, WHC. “Companies achieving WHC Conservation Certification, like Buzzi Unicem USA, are environmental leaders, voluntarily managing their lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them.”

Wildlife Habitat Council promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through their Conservation Certification programs, taking corporate sustainability goals and objectives and translating them into tangible and measurable actions. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 47 states and 28 countries.

28 November 2021

Stockertown Wildlife Habitat Council Success Story

Stockertown recognized for Building a Legacy of Environmental Stewardship through Education and Collaboration

Since 2013, the Stockertown Plant has been certified by the WHC in recognition of the significant effort and resources the plant has committed to improve diversity of habitats on corporate lands, as well as, contributing to education and conservation.  The dedicated lands include ponds, grasslands, streams and orchards.  The various habitats have been host to multiple middle and high school students annually, with lessons developed specifically to align with Pennsylvania’s STEM education standards, and even becoming an integral part of local AP courses and science clubs. The overall goal of these efforts has been to raise student awareness about the environment and local habitats and spark their interest in environmentally related careers.

The project was recently recognized in a new Wildlife Habitat Council Success Story that explores how the corporate conservation program at Buzzi Unicem USA’s Stockertown plant in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley has created opportunities for STEM education, CO2 reduction, employee engagement and legacy building. Read more here https://bit.ly/30J8epG

22 October 2021

CLEANKER Project Update: Release of Third Year Technical Report

As part of a 26 member consortium consisting of representatives of research organizations and centers, academia, a technology provider, technology end users and an environmental organization, the Buzzi Unicem Vernasca Plant is hosting a pilot‑scale project of carbon capture technology. The objective of Project CLEANKER (CLEAN clinKER) is to demonstrate the efficacy of a calcium looping system in capturing CO2 from the cement manufacturing process.

The project

The CLEANKER project was developed with the aim of building a pilot system that would capture CO2 using Calcium Looping technology. The purpose of the research is to verify the possibility of "capturing" the carbon dioxide generated during the cement production cycle, so as to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere and thus pursuing the ultimate goal of contributing to the reduction of the greenhouse effect. The captured CO2 can then be made available for reuse in other industrial sectors, such as synthesis processes or green fuel production, or sequestered permanently underground.

The capturing of CO2, combined with its subsequent reuse or storage, is a key process in the European Union's greenhouse gas containment strategies. CLEANKER potentially represents an important innovation for the cement sector and for environmental protection. It can also significantly enhance the cement industry's know-how in CO2 capture technologies. Part of the company's ongoing investments in research and development include dealing with the green transition and the associated fight against climate change.

The CLEANKER Project has completed the third year of efforts and recently released a technical report on the accomplishments, including completion of preparation to initiate the experimental phase over the next six months. Construction of the pilot system was completed in the fall of 2020 and inaugurated in Vernasca (PC) in October 2020, making it possible for this technology to be tested on an industrial scale. During the following months the system was tested, and other preliminary operations were carried out in order to ensure smooth operation of the system during the experimental phase.

More on the Project, including access to the full report, can be found at www.cleanker.eu/the-project/project-contents  For more information on project participation by Buzzi Unicem please visit Climate Change - Buzzi Unicem.