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Bath Plant Honoured for its Commitment to Environmental Improvement by North American Cement Industry

For the third consecutive year, Lafarge Canada’s plant in Bath, Ontario, has been recognized by the U.S.-based Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Cement Americas magazine as part of their 2011 Cement Industry Energy and Environment Awards. The Awards honour North American cement facilities that exemplify the spirit of continuous environmental improvement and support this spirit with action to make their communities better places to live and work. 

The Bath plant was a runner-up in the Awards’ Overall Environmental Excellence category and a finalist in the Environmental Performance and Land Stewardship categories, which salute cement manufacturing facilities that go beyond government regulations and local laws to improve their impact on the environment and strive to protect and enhance the surrounding land through landscaping, species protection and remediation and rehabilitation of quarries, wetlands and other features. The plant was the proud recipient of the PCA’s Award for Overall Environmental Excellence last year and was a runner-up the previous year.  Such recognition over three consecutive years illustrates its consistent standing in the top echelon of environmental performance in the cement Industry.

Over the course of 2010, the plant implemented a broad range of initiatives to improve its environmental stewardship.

Legacy Landfill Management:  It completed the first phase of a voluntary upgrade project that will reduce leachate from the inactive portion of its landfill to near-zero levels and allow the regeneration of the downstream marshy area. The system’s design, developed in close collaboration with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, far exceeds not only typical standards for landfills but also those set by the Ontario Ministry of Environment.   

Biomass Fuel Research: Actively involved in the development of biomass fuels from purpose-grown crops, the plant carried out a full scale demonstration test of agriculturally produced biomass including oat hulls, switchgrass, hemp, and non-food sorghum. It was able to replace nearly 10% of the fossil fuels used at the facility during the trial period. 

Recycling: A new organics recycling program allowed the plant to increase the amount of waste diverted from its landfill. Now, the plant recycles over 11 types of waste produced at its facility.  The plant also has 10% recycled content in its cement.

Landscaping: Among other landscaping and habitat projects, the Bath plant, which has obtained Wildlife Habitat Council certification, led a special tree planting event on its site, partnering with local scout troops to plant some 3,000 trees and improve the appearance and overall environmental quality of the site.  This program is in its 5th year.

 “These diverse, forward-looking initiatives by Lafarge Canada at its Bath plant are a great example of the Canadian cement industry’s commitment to improving its environmental stewardship and partnering with local communities to make them better places to live and work,” said Cement Association of Canada President and CEO Michael McSweeney. “I congratulate everyone at the plant for being recognized in this way”.

About the Cement Industry Energy and Environment Awards
The Awards program was created in 2000 by the Portland Cement Association as part of its renewed environment and energy strategic plan for the cement industry.  Open to any cement manufacturing plant in North America, the program honours activities conducted in the previous year.  Judges for the 2011 awards represent independent groups such as National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, U.S. EPA-ENERGY STAR, Cement Americas and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Bath Plant has a New Plant Manager!

On July 1, 2010, the Bath Plant was pleased to welcome our new Plant manager, Mike Kralik. Mike has been at the Bath plant since 2009, as the site's Operations Manager.


Before accepting that position, Mike had been with Lafarge for a number of years, most recently as the Production manager at Lafarge's Sugar Creek Plant in Missouri. Congratulations on your Promotion Mike!


The previous Plant manager, Michael Klenk, has accepted the position of Plant manager at Lafarge's Joppa Cement Plant, in Illinois. We thank Michael for all his hard work over the years, and wish him the best of luck in all future endeavors.

Bath Plant Marches in Canada Day Parade

On July 1, 2010, the Bath plant participated in the annual Canada Day celebrations in Bath, Ontario. This year, our contingent in the Parade included a large group of plant employees and their families.


Lafarge's Aggregates and Concrete division joined in as well, bringing a ready-mix truck to join in the Parade. Festivities concluded later that evening with a fireworks display, sponsored by Lafarge.


The Bath area was first settled in 1784 as a home for United Empire Loyalists. The Village was incorporated in 1859. This year marked the 51st Annual Canada Day Parade. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this event.

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