Essroc Cement buys grinding plant in New Jersey

Essroc Cement has signed an agreement with Holcim to buy its slag cement grinding site in Camden, New Jersey.

As part of the deal, Essroc also will obtain Holcim’s cement terminal located in Everett, Massachusetts. The acquisition will finalize when the pending Holcim and Lafarge North America merger completes later this year, Essroc representatives say.

Francesco Carantani, Essroc president, said in a statement: “The Camden facility can produce upward of 700,000 metric tons of slag cement annually.

Essroc currently produces slag cement at three different facilities. The locations include cement plants in Ontario and Puerto Rico and a slag grinding site in Ohio. With the addition of the New Jersey site, Essroc will have a combined annual production capacity over one million tonnes, representatives say.

Holcim’s staff in New Jersey and Massachusetts are expected to join Essroc Cement once the deal is ironed out.

Nazareth-based Essroc Cement has over 6.5 million tonnes annual capacity. It operates production facilities located throughout the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Slag cement is a cementitious material that is a byproduct of steel production. It works synergistically with portland cement to increase strength, reduce permeability, improve resistance to chemical attack and inhibit rebar corrosion. As a green building material, slag cement can be used in nearly all concrete applications.


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