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Date 12/12/2012

Lafarge Gives Back For The Holidays

 

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.

 

This holiday season Lafarge North America operations across the United States organized charitable projects to give back to the communities that they call home. From Colorado to Iowa to Illinois, Lafarge operations are spreading holiday cheer by donating toys and food and visiting the elderly.

 

 "Throughout the year, Lafarge values giving back to the communities where we live and work," said Lafarge US CEO John Stull. "It's especially important for us to recognize how much we have during this time of year and take the time to give back."

Several operations in the Midwest shared the holiday spirit by donating toys for young children. In Davenport, Iowa, the local Lafarge plant donates toys to children in need through the Christmas Angels program each year, which is run by the Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. Lafarge's Joliet, Ill. quarry, Cleveland Slag location and Great Lakes Market Area office, collected toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation.

 

Food is also a major part of holiday celebrations and just like other times in the year, there are many families who go without. The Three Rivers quarry in Smithland, Ky. held a food drive from Nov. 19 through Dec. 1 and collected 1,640lbs of non-perishable goods. The food will be donated to the Livingston County Helping Hands Organization and distributed to those in need.

 

Since 2000, the Lafarge West Slope Ready Mix and Aggregates team has brought holiday cheer to the residents of the Cross Roads Assisted Living Center in Rifle, Colo. Each year, Lafarge sponsors a Christmas lights and decorating event around Thanksgiving. The volunteers wear Santa hats as they install decorations and provide BBQ lunches to the residents.

Throughout the year, Lafarge prides itself on giving back to local communities through initiatives organized by local operations. This model allows Lafarge to address the specific needs of individual communities and initiate projects that will yield tangible, lasting results.

Contact:

Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood,
Communications Director

United States
Ph: 303.895.0455

Cody Tucker and Mark Scott pose by donated toys at the Joliet, Ill. quarry.

Volunteers unload food donations for the Three Rivers quarry food drive in Smithland, Ky.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has more than 270 industrial and distribution sites and 4,200 employees in 41 States in its US cement, aggregate, concrete and gypsum businesses.  Lafarge is active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architectural Students and the National Building Museum.

 

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. With 68,000 employees in 64 countries, the Group posted sales of 15.3 billion Euros in 2011.  Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., 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.  For the second year in a row, the Lafarge Group ranked amongst the top 10 of 500 companies evaluated by the "Carbon Disclosure Project" in recognition of the Group's strategy and actions against global warming.  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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