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Date 03/31/2008

Lafarge Announces New Joint Compound Plant in Silver Grove, Kentucky

March 31, 2008



Lafarge, the world leader in building materials and North America's largest diversified supplier of construction materials, announced that it has begun construction on a new state-of-the-art joint compound production manufacturing facility adjacent to its Silver Grove, Kentucky gypsum wallboard plant.


The fully automated product line will produce a complete range of Lafarge's current ready-mixed joint compound product offering, including Rapid Coat®, Classic Coat®, Rapid Coat® Mid-Weight and Rapid Deco® brands. It will also produce its newest innovative product, Rapid Coat® Low Dust.


"We have received tremendous praise on our high-quality and easy-to-use products from our loyal customer base throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States," said Stephen DeMay, VP of Sales. "With the addition of this new Silver Grove joint compound facility, we can now offer greater value to our customers with an improved level of user-friendliness and innovation."


"This is a major step in our evolution to be a total solution provider. It enables us to offer our customers a larger suite of products to meet all of their project requirements. At the same time, it enhances the efficiency of our delivery process by providing the ability to ship multiple products to a larger area."


Construction has begun at the facility and the first product is expected to ship by January 2009.


Louise Muth, Director of External Communications for North America



Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 90,000 employees in 76 countries, Lafarge posted sales of 17.6 billion Euros and net income of 1.9 billion Euros in 2007. Lafarge North America Inc., a Lafarge Group company, is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. Its materials are used for residential, commercial, institutional and public works construction.


Lafarge is the only company in the construction materials sector to be listed in the 2008 '100 Global Most Sustainable Corporations in the World'. Lafarge has been committed to sustainable development for many years, pursuing a strategy that combines industrial know-how with performance, value creation, respect for employees and local cultures, environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources and energy. To make advances in building materials, Lafarge places the customer at the heart of its concerns. It offers the construction industry and the general public innovative solutions bringing greater safety, comfort and quality to their everyday surroundings.

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