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Date 11/30/2015

Lafarge reaches major expansion milestone Kiln 4 Retirement

Exshaw, AB - At 11:30 a.m., Monday, November 30, 84 year-old Tony Levstik returned to the control room at theExshawCement Plant, decommissioning the oldest of the Plant's two production lines. Tonyretired from Lafarge Canada Inc. in 1994.


As part of its permit to expand the Lafarge Plant, the company committed to shut down Kiln 4 by November 30, 2015, allowing the company to meet emissions targets established by the provincial government.


"It seemed only right that we invite Tony to shutdown the Kiln. He was a first generation Kiln 4, A Operator when the Kiln was installed in 1975," says Plant Manager, Jim Bachmann. "It's a historic day for us. At the time of the plant's expansion in 1975, the 600-foot kiln was the latest technology with the best pollution control available. This marks the end of the era and beginning of a new one."


The new Kiln 6 - the replacement for 4, is scheduled to be up and running in the spring of 2016. Per tonne of production, the new Kiln is:

  • Approximately 30 per cent cleaner than Kiln 4 when it comes to Sulphur Dioxide
  • 75 per cent cleaner for Nitrous Oxide emissions
  • 25 per cent lower in greenhouse gas emissions from combustion.


"We will also be retiring the gravel bed filter technology," Bachmann adds. "This is a type of dust control treatment that was prevalent in the 80s and 90s. Instead, Kiln 6 will have a state-of-the-art bag-house to collect particulates, hence the high-level of improvement projected."


To celebrate this major expansion milestone, Lafarge hosted a Kiln 4 Retirement Luncheon for employees who shared their best stories about operations over the years. 


The construction of the new line continues and is expected to be completed in 2016.



The economic impact of the Plant's increased production and GDP of Alberta is estimated at $800 million per year. Lafarge's investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in the expansion will provide long term employment opportunities in the Bow Valley.



Michelle Gurney








Lafarge Canada Inc., a member of LafargeHolcim, is Canada's largest provider of solutions to the construction and development industry. With more than 6,000 employees across Canada, our mission is to provide construction solutions that build better cities and communities. The cities where we live, work, and raise our families along with the infrastructure that supports our communities such as roads, bridges, transportation links, water, and waste management benefit from the solutions provided by Lafarge.


Lafarge is committed to providing solutions using sustainable manufacturing practices and improving the environment in and around our operations. At locations across Canada, we have worked to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, restore wetlands for native plants and animals, and identify waste materials that can be recycled and used at our operations.



With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 115,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 33 bn (EUR 27 bn) in 2014. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.


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