PCA Announces 2018 Energy and Environment Award Winners

April 24, 2018, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Portland Cement Association (PCA) today announced the winners of the 2018 Energy and Environment (E&E) Awards, recognizing outstanding environmental and community relations efforts that go above and beyond what is required. Submissions from plants across the U.S. were evaluated and recognized for environmental efforts completed in 2017.

“The awards underscore how America’s cement manufacturers are focused on producing the highest quality product with a minimal environmental footprint,” said PCA President and CEO Michael Ireland. “The companies selected for these environmental accolades demonstrate a strong culture of innovation that results in energy efficiency and sustainable manufacturing practices. They highlight that cement companies can be green while also making world-class cement products.”

The awards were made today during the 2018 Cement and Concrete Industry Fly-In in Washington, D.C.

Recognized as Winner for Energy Efficiency: CalPortland — Oro Grande, Calif.

The Oro Grande cement plant’s investments and innovative techniques are being recognized in the energy efficiency category. In 2017, the plant installed two vibrating screens to allow smaller-sized crushed rock to bypass the secondary crusher to improve crushing efficiency. The plant also made multiple process changes to the raw mill circuit to increase efficiency and reliability. The new ball mill circuit has been designed with new state-of-the-art energy efficiency technologies, including the use of mechanical cement conveyance over pneumatic conveyance. The Oro Grande plant achieved ENERGY STAR certification in 2017 and CalPortland, as a company, has been awarded the ENERGY STAR PARTNER OF THE YEAR Award for Sustained Excellence for the past 14 years (2005-2018). A feat that has not been achieved by any other U.S. building materials company.

About CalPortland

CalPortland Company is a major producer of cement, ready mixed concrete, aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in the western United States and Canada. Founded in 1891 with the principle of providing unsurpassed quality, CalPortland remains a leader in the industry through its commitment to quality, safety, customer service, technical excellence and environmental leadership. The company maintains its headquarters in Glendora, California and operates in the Western U.S. and two Canadian Provinces. For more information about CalPortland Company, visit www.calportland.com.

About PCA

The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers.  PCA members represent 93 percent of U.S. cement production capacity and have facilities in all 50 states.  The association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment.  For more information, visit www.cement.org.