PCA Awards Members for Safety, Environmental Efforts

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) named the winners of its Energy and Environment Awards and Chairman’s Safety and Safety Innovation Awards at its 2024 Cement Fly-In in Washington, D.C. 

The awards recognize PCA member company teams who excelled in implementing new energy and environmental initiatives, and those who went above and beyond to enhance overall, on-the-job safety at America’s cement plants. 

“Holding this awards event right before teams of industry leaders head to Capitol Hill is a great motivator because it highlights excellence in PCA’s top priorities – safety and environmental initiatives – which will get us to carbon neutrality,” said PCA President and CEO Mike Ireland.

“Having plant workers here to accept their awards really adds to the fly-in experience, as they are the boots on the ground for this industry, and it is their innovation and their commitment to their co-workers that enables all of America’s cement companies to thrive,” Ireland added.  

Energy and Environment Awards 

These awards recognize outstanding environmental and community relations efforts that surpass what is required. Submissions from plants across the United States were evaluated and recognized for efforts completed in 2023. 

  • Energy Efficiency, Ash Grove Cement – A CRH Company, Leamington, Utah. 
  • Environmental Performance, Buzzi Unicem USA, Festus, Mo.; and GCHI – Giant Cement, Harleyville, S.C. 
  • Innovative Technologies or Process,CalPortland, Mojave, Calif.; and Titan Florida, Pennsuco, Fla.
  • Land Stewardship, Ash Grove Cement – A CRH Company, Louisville, Neb.
  • Outreach, Roanoke Cement (Titan America), Troutville, Va.
  • Overall Excellence, Ash Grove Cement – A CRH Company, Seattle, Wash. 

Safety Innovation Awards 

These awards reward creative solutions to safety challenges in cement facilities. Entries are judged in five areas: innovation, ease of use and ease of construction, effectiveness, and risk prevention. 

  • Ash Grove Cement – A CRH Company, Seattle. 
  • GCC, Rio Grande Plant, Tijeras, N.M.
  • Heidelberg Materials, Union Bridge, Md. 
  • Salt River Materials, Clarkdale, Ariz.

Chairman’s Safety Performance Awards 

The Chairman’s Safety Performance Award recipients are chosen by the Occupational Health and Safety Committee based on the quantitative data recorded by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The winning plants represent the top 10% of cement manufacturers based on accident rates. Listed in alphabetical order, the winners are: 

  • Argos Puerto Rico, Dorado, Puerto Rico.
  • Ash Grove Cement – A CRH Company, Durkee, Ore.
  • Ash Grove Cement – A CRH Company, New Braunfels, Texas. 
  • CalPortland, Rilito, Ariz.
  • Cemex USA, Clinchfield, Ga. 
  • Cemex USA, Lyons Cement Plant, Longmont, Colo.
  • Continental Cement – A Summit Materials Company, Davenport Plant, Buffalo, Iowa.
  • GCC, Odessa, Texas.
  • Heidelberg Materials, Bellingham, Wash. 
  • Heidelberg Materials, Logansport, Ind.
  • Heidelberg Materials, Speed Cement Plant, Sellersburg, Ind. 
  • Martin Marietta Materials, Midlothian, Texas.

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