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Date 09/07/2011

Lafarge’s Whitehall Plant Earns License for API Well Cement Products

Whitehall, PA

Lafarge North America Inc.



Lafarge North America is pleased to announce that the Whitehall cement plant has been granted a license by the American Petroleum Institute (API; to monogram conforming well cement products produced at the plant. API's Monogram Program provides assurance through robust certification processes that manufacturers of equipment and materials meet the requirements for manufacturing quality. Such API programs have provided a technical foundation to the oil and gas industry since 1924.


For a facility with a notable legacy serving the Lehigh Valley and the Eastern seaboard dating back to 1899, the Lafarge Whitehall plant is embarking on a new chapter to meet the continued growth aspirations of the Commonwealth and its economic future. Today's announcement supports the growing demand for conforming and consistent well cements to serve the drilling activity in the Marcellus Shale area and, most notably, Pennsylvania.


Cement products produced at Whitehall and gaining an "API monogram" will be targeted for use by customers in "well cementing applications." Such applications involve the cementing of casing pipe and play a fundamental role in the oil and gas industry's standard well completion practices.


The significance of an in-state manufacturer producing materials for the benefit of both Pennsylvania and Marcellus growth is apparent to Kathryn Klaber, Executive Director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (, who stated: "Quality well cement and construction are fundamental to employing proper well completion practices so we may be stewards of responsible development of this natural resource, in line with our organization's guiding principles. Lafarge's announcement represents a commitment to supplying such quality materials to help us maintain that standard."


Lafarge recently was approved by the Marcellus Shale Coalition's Board of Directors as a new member of the organization.


The announcement today represents another step in Lafarge North America's position as a leading manufacturer and supplier to the oil and gas market. With the Whitehall announcement today, Lafarge now has four plants in North America with a license from API; the remaining three production facilities are Joppa (IL), Exshaw (Alberta, Canada), and Brookfield (Nova Scotia, Canada). As these plants represent a foundation to a focus on the sector, Lafarge supplies extended markets in North America to support on-shore and off-shore drilling and development of oil and gas resources.


Sylvain Garnaud, President of Lafarge North America - Cement Division concludes, "We recognize the significance of being a quality and reliable supplier to the oil and gas sector and the Whitehall announcement reflects an extension of that commitment to meet the needs of our customers and the demands of a changing market. I am very proud of what Whitehall has achieved for the benefit of our employees and the communities they serve."




Craig Ryan
Communications Manager


Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 76,000 employees in 78 countries, the Group posted sales of 16.2 billion Euros in 2010. Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., ("Lafarge"), are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.


The Lafarge Group entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. The Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

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