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Date 04/25/2013

Lafarge's Paulding Plant Installs Bat Shelter in Celebration of Earth Day

Paulding, Ohio

Lafarge North America Inc.


To celebrate Earth Day, Lafarge North America's Paulding Cement plant in Paulding, Ohio mounted a bat shelter in one of the plant's several wildlife habitat areas.


"As a site certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, we make it a priority to be aware of the needs of our surrounding wildlife," says Tim Weible, Senior Environmental Manager at Lafarge's Paulding plant. "Bats are an essential part of a balanced eco-system. Building this shelter is our response to the needs of a declining bat population."

Bats help control pests, such as mosquitoes, and are also vital pollinators and seed-dispersers for countless vegetation. However, in many areas their habitats are being destroyed, leaving no place for bats to nest and consequently, creating a critical gap in the regeneration of local plant life.


"By installing a bat shelter on-site, we hope to attract more bats to the area and help restore the bat population by providing a safe place to roost," says Weible.


The Paulding site has multiple wildlife habitat areas on-site, such as grass plains, a lake and wildflowers, in order to preserve a natural habitat for local wildlife and vegetation. Making more durable cities and communities through sustainability and environmental stewardship programs like this is one of Lafarge's key priorities. Local initiatives, such as those put forth by the Paulding site, maintain this commitment and work towards maintaining the environmental integrity of Lafarge U.S.'s operations.


Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood,
Communications Director

United States
Ph: 303.895.0455

Lafarge Paulding employees, Tracy Smith (left) and Ben Johnson (right), install the site’s new bat shelter.



Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has more than 260 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 3,400 employees in 40 States in its U.S. cement, aggregate, concrete and gypsum businesses. Lafarge U.S. is an operating unit of Lafarge North America Inc. 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 and employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, the Group contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected.  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. 


With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on the Lafarge Group's website:


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