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Lehigh Cement plant manager headed back to Germany

Apr, 11 2012

(Cupertino, California)  --  Henrik Wesseling, the smiling plant manager at the Lehigh Cement Permanente Plant, is heading back to Germany.

Lehigh Cement announced that Wesseling is returning to his native country to lead the global fuel optimization strategy for parent company HeidelbergCement. Wesseling will return by early May, and his last day at the Lehigh facility will be April 26.

Wesseling took on the plant manager role at the cement facility in 2008. In his time there, he worked toward helping the company install emission reducing technology to meet new environmental regulations. Over the past two years, he led an initiative to install an activated carbon injection system that aims to reduce mercury emissions by more than 90 percent.

"Henrik has performed admirably as plant manager, and I commend him for all he has achieved," Kari Saragusa, Lehigh Western Regional President, said in a press statement. "We will continue to manage this operation with the highest standards."

Operations at the nearly century-old Lehigh facility in unincorporated Cupertino are an issue of perpetual interest and controversy by environmental watchdogs in the West Valley.

Under Wesseling's leadership, Lehigh worked to have a more active role with residents in the community. He was visible at community functions such as the Cupertino Relay for Life and would often stay late after public meetings to answer one-on-one questions with residents.

Wesseling's promotion will see him lead global efforts to drive fuel efficiency and optimization across all HeidelbergCement operations.

"I am proud to have been a part of the rich history here and remain confident that Lehigh Permanente will continue to play a crucial role as a provider of building materials in Northern California," Wesseling said in a statement.

Axel Conrads, Lehigh's region west vice president of cement operations, will lead plant operations on an interim basis while a new plant manager is sought. A new plant manager is expected to be in place within the coming months.

By Matt Wilson


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