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Date 10/25/2011

Lafarge Leads 2nd Annual Illinois River Clean-up

Reston, VA

Lafarge North America Inc.


On Friday October 14th, Lafarge North America's Chicago area operations teamed up with the national organization Living Lands and Water (LLW) on its 2nd annual Illinois River clean-up event. Employees, family and friends gathered at the Starved Rock State Park boat dock - along with Lafarge customers Illinois Cement, Consolidated Grain and Barge and Burns and McDonnell Engineering - to board boats and head down the river to collect trash along the shoreline.


Over the last decade, LLW has removed more than 4 million tons of trash from America's rivers. "We value our relationship with Living Lands and Water, and are pleased to partner with the organization on our annual river clean-up," says Manager of Lafarge North America's Utica Quarry Jeff Newman. "We live and work in this community, and welcome the opportunity to do our part in improving the environment for everyone."

The clean-up event attracted more than 30 volunteers who collected enough trash to fill a 20-yard trash bin. An appreciation lunch hosted by the Utica Quarry followed the clean-up activities, and prizes were presented in 5 categories, including "piece of trash most likely to be used in this year's Halloween costume."  

Thanks to all who came out to volunteer and helped make the day a success!


Serene Jweied
Director of Communications, Lafarge North America



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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