Heidelberg Materials Converts Midwest Plant

Heidelberg Materials North America successfully transitioned its Speed, Ind., cement plant into a slag grinding facility. The producer said the conversion better supports increased demand for sustainable products in the Midwest.

“Heidelberg Materials North America’s investment in the Speed facility is reflective of our commitment to supporting sustainable and resilient construction projects in the Midwest and throughout the U.S. and Canada,” said Toby Lee, president, Midwest Region. “It is also yet another milestone in our journey to significantly reduce our carbon footprint by 2030 and grow our portfolio of more sustainable products, technologies and customer-focused solutions.”

Photo: Heidelberg Materials North America

The company stopped producing portland cement at the Speed plant following the opening of its Mitchell, Ind., plant last year. The Speed facility also serves as a distribution hub for cement produced at the Mitchell plant as well as a broad range of specialty cementitious products.

Heidelberg said it recently supplied its first major project, the construction of a high rise building in Indianapolis, with slag cement from the repurposed Speed plant. Ready mixed concrete supplier Irving Materials Inc. incorporated 1,700 tons of slag cement in the concrete used for the structure’s foundation.

“With the growing acceptance of slag cement usage in publicly and privately funded construction projects, this is a great opportunity to enhance and strengthen our sustainable product offerings in this dynamic market,” said Toby Knott, vice president of cement sales for Heidelberg Materials North America’s Midwest Region.

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