With more than 110-years in Alpena, I am extremely proud of our long legacy of commitment to our community. We take our responsibility to be good members of our community very seriously. Alpena is the home to our plant, and more importantly, home for the more than 200 men and women and their families who live and work at the Lafarge Alpena site.
Concrete is the second most used product in the world next to water. Cement – a key ingredient in concrete – is one of the most widely used materials in buildings and infrastructure globally and makes up around 7-15%
of concrete by volume, supplying the chemical reaction that binds together aggregate, or sand and gravel. The cement we produce locally plays a significant role within Michigan’s construction industry and is literally the foundation of Michigan’s vast infrastructure. In addition to its use in the development of the roads we travel to visit family, go to work and enjoy Michigan’s natural treasures, our cement is the basic material in housing, schools, and our hospitals.
Like you, we believe in protecting all of the beauty Michigan has to offer, and our aim is to ensure generations to come are able to enjoy all this great state has to offer. Our company has made a global commitment to lowering our carbon footprint. To do so, we are working to transform our networks to use renewable energy and/or alternative sources of fuels. By transitioning to more alternative and EPA-approved fuel sources, we can and will protect the beauty of Michigan’s natural resources for future generations.
Jeff Scott, Plant Manager
Lafarge Alpena team members attend the first ever landing of an Air Force jet on a civilian highway - right outside of the plant.
The future isn’t written… it's built.
And it’s built right here in Alpena.
As our home for more than 100 years, Lafarge Alpena is committed to a transparent process around our cement making processes. Our plant is critical to the economy of Northeast Michigan, and we are focused on being environmentally responsible.
The Lafarge Alpena cement plant has been a vital part of the Alpena, Michigan community since 1907. Generations of workers, some from the same families, have produced the highest quality cement in the world in the heart of the Great Lakes. At Lafarge Alpena, we proudly produce quality cement that is integral to the Michigan economy and infrastructure. Our cement is also shipped via the Great Lakes to other states. We are deeply committed to doing so in a manner that meets all applicable state and federal environmental regulations.
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Cement manufacturing is energy intensive, requiring kiln temperatures of up to 3,000°F. To achieve this, LafargeHolcim uses traditional and alternative energy sources to produce cement. Traditionally, operations have been fueled by coal, petroleum coke and natural gas. Today, Lafarge plants across the country also use alternative fuels such as used auto tires and recycled materials like paper and cardboard from local industries to reduce the impact of our emissions. The benefits of using these alternative fuels are vast. Alternative fuels can be completely destroyed without leaving any leftover residue, while reducing emissions from CO2, sulfur and nitrogen.
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