Lehigh Hanson, Inc. today announced plans for modernization and
expansion of its Lehigh Cement Company plant in Mitchell. The company
will invest more than $600 million in the plant modernization project
which will increase production capacity while also significantly
reducing energy usage and emissions per ton of cement produced.
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Lehigh Hanson, Inc. will invest more than $600 million in its Mitchell, Ind. plant modernization project, which will increase production capacity while also significantly reducing energy usage and emissions per ton of cement produced. (Photo: Business Wire)
“The modernization of the Mitchell plant will enable us to produce
cement more efficiently and sustainably through the use of
state-of-the-art technology and the latest in environmental controls and
systems,” said Lehigh Hanson President and CEO Jon Morrish. “The
capabilities of the new plant will enable us to better serve our
existing customer base in the Midwest while also expanding our reach in
this growing market.”
The project is the largest expansion and modernization Lehigh Hanson has
undertaken in North America.
Lehigh Hanson is working with the Indiana Department of Environmental
Management (IDEM) to obtain the required air permits and anticipates the
permitting process to be completed in the summer of 2019. The company is
also working with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation regarding
available business incentives. Construction is scheduled to begin in
2020 and completion of the new plant is anticipated by the end of 2022.
Notable economic and environmental benefits of this project include:
During the past several years, Lehigh Hanson has worked with local and
state officials to develop increased infrastructure surrounding the
plant, which ultimately will benefit the expanded operation. This
includes a road connecting the plant to IN-37, alleviating truck
congestion from the center of town. Overall logistics will also change
to accommodate additional rail activity to handle increased cement
shipments from the plant.
“We appreciate the support of local officials in making this expansion
and modernization a reality,” said Jerry Miller, Mitchell Plant Manager.
“We are thankful for the state of Indiana’s commitment to economic
development and its supportive business climate which helped make this
opportunity an attractive investment. Lehigh Hanson’s investment is not
only in the Mitchell plant, but also in the Mitchell community, and our
dedicated and hard-working employees will continue contributing to the
positive legacy of Lehigh in Mitchell for years to come.”
Mitchell sits atop a vast field of limestone—the key raw material to
make cement—making it an ideal location to expand the company’s
manufacturing in the Midwest. Cement is the essential ingredient in
concrete, the most widely used construction material in the world.
Lehigh Hanson remains committed to supplying cement for the continued
growth of the Midwest U.S. market.
Lehigh also announced that it will establish a community advisory panel
for local leaders and residents to learn more about the expansion. A
public open house celebrating the Bicentennial of Lawrence County and
the future plant modernization is scheduled for Saturday, July 28,
between noon and 5 p.m.
About Lehigh Cement Company and Lehigh Hanson
Lehigh Cement Company is a part of Lehigh Hanson, Inc. Based in Irving,
Texas, Lehigh Hanson Inc., and its affiliated companies are part of
HeidelbergCement, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of
building materials, with leading market positions in aggregates, cement
and ready mixed concrete. Visit www.lehighhanson.com
for more information.
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