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Date 02/17/2009

Lafarge Opens Joint Compound Plant in Silver Grove, Kentucky

Herndon, VA

Lafarge North America


Lafarge announces that it has begun operation of its new state-of-the-art joint compound manufacturing plant in Silver Grove, Ky.


This fully automated plant is adjacent to Lafarge's Silver Grove gypsum wallboard plant. The new plant will produce the complete range of Lafarge's current joint compound product offerings including; Rapid Coat®, Classic Coat®, Rapid Coat® Mid-Weight, Rapid Deco® and the new Rapid Coat® Low Dust compound.


"We are very excited to have a joint compound plant to serve our customers in the greater Mid-West. The addition of this plant helps us to become a full service provider to our customers throughout much of our trading area" said Stephen DeMay, Vice-president of Sales. "This plant will improve our value to customers by offering a larger suite of products to meet their needs."


Lafarge offers a full line of quality wallboard and finishing products for commercial and residential construction. Lafarge wallboard plants are located in Silver Grove, Palatka, Fl. and Buchanan, N.Y. with joint compound plants located in Chambly, Quebec and now Silver Grove.


Louise Muth, Director of External Communications



The Lafarge Group 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, the Group posted sales of 17.6 billion Euros and net income of 1.9 billion Euros in 2007. Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge North America" or "Lafarge"), a Lafarge Group company, is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.

The Lafarge Group is the only company in the construction materials sector to be listed in the 2008 "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World". With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

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