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Date 05/02/2014

Lafarge North America Team Wins First Place at Mine Rescue Competition

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


Lafarge North America's Mine Rescue Team took first place at the Wilmington, Ill. Regional Mine Rescue Competition on Friday.

"Teamwork is an important part of our safety culture," said John Stull, Lafarge U.S. President and CEO. "I am very proud to see a Lafarge team be recognized for their outstanding teamwork on safety. We work on safety every day at our sites and this team's achievement is something we should all celebrate."


The Mine Rescue Competition is a series of events that test the teams' elite response skills in field competitions, first aid simulations, multiple written tests and by debugging rescue equipment such as gas detection monitors and self-contained breathing apparatuses. The winning team was composed of seven members from both Lafarge U.S. and the Port of Will County Mining International Company who are trained to respond to emergencies in underground mining operations.


The Lafarge team shined as the members worked together to think through problems and overcome obstacles. Team members included Brian Washkowiak (captain), Angie Brown (coordinator), Greg Allen, Tyler Pinter, Nick Sterling, Andy Walsh, Brad Washkowiak, and Bruce Washkowiak.


"I'm proud of the top-notch work my team did at this competition," said team captain Brian Washkowiak. "In the industry of mining, these are the individuals who volunteer to battle the elements to rescue those in danger. They are very much appreciated and congratulations to all of the teams for their tireless effort and hard work."


As one of the country's leading materials suppliers and construction solutions provider, Lafarge U.S. is committed to creating safe work sites and promoting a strong safety culture among its close to 2.700 employees.





Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood,
Communications Director, U.S.
Ph: 303.895.0455

Team Members Include (From Left to Right): Brad Washkowiak, Greg Allan, Brian Washkowiak (Captain), Nick Sterling, Tyler Pinter, and Andy Walsh. Not Pictured: Bruce Washkowiak and Angie Brown (Coordinator)


Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has close to 200 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 2,700 employees in 40 States in its U.S. cement, aggregate and concrete businesses. Lafarge U.S. is an operating unit of Lafarge North America Inc. Lafarge is committed to contributing to Building Better Cities and being active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architectural Students and the National Building Museum. More information is available on the Lafarge North America website:

Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials and employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. 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. More information is available on the Lafarge Group's website:


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