TROUTVILLE, Va., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the U.S. Green
Building Council's (USGBC) Southwest Virginia Chapter toured Roanoke Cement
Company's (RCC) Troutville, VA plant late last month to learn from the
company's successes in reducing energy use as well as how cement and
cement-related products help build a more sustainable community. Over 60
attendees -- including USGBC members, ready-mixed concrete producers, as
well as plant management and employees - enjoyed presentations,
refreshments and a bus ride tour highlighting the last 15 years of the
facility's environmental progress.
"What's important for us is to continue to reduce our own environmental
footprint at Roanoke Cement, as well as to assist in building a greener
community. Cement is the 'glue' that binds concrete and concrete products,
and concrete is a green building product in its own right. This is
highlighted in cutting edge uses like pervious concrete paving and thermal
mass construction," said Don Ingerson, Vice President of Sales and
Marketing for Roanoke Cement Company.
The only active cement plant in Virginia, Roanoke Cement is one of only
10 plants ranked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 'Top
Performing Plants' in the country, earning a 2007 Energy Star(R) for
superior energy efficiency within the cement industry.
Specifically, over the last five years, RCC has spent $50 million in
capital upgrades with $30 million spent in the last two years to further
modernize the plant, eliminate efficiencies and improve environmental
performance. "If we isolated but a single reason for winning the Energy
Star(R) Award, it is our investment in the preheater tower," said Dan
Babish, production engineer in his presentation. "The plant obtains a 40%
reduction in fuel consumption through the heat exchange alone."
"RCC's efforts to improve energy efficiency benefit both the
environment and their bottom line," said Nell Boyle, Southwest Virginia
Chapter Chair of USGBC. "A tour like this allows our members to be exposed
to and educated about how plants can modernize and become more green. We
serve many industries like engineering, architecture and contracting that
are true staples of our economy, and they are adaptable. We are here to
learn how and then teach them the green way."
The USGBC Southwest Virginia Chapter is the leading regional resource
for sustainable practices and support for the built environment. The USGBC
is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building
practices and is composed of more than 15,000 organizations from across the
building industry working to advance structures that are environmentally
responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. More
information can be found at www.usgbc.org.
Roanoke Cement Company is a subsidiary of Titan America LLC and the
first Titan plant to receive the prestigious Energy Star(R) rating. Titan
America LLC is located in Norfolk, Virginia and is one of the premier
cement and building materials producers in the Eastern United States. Titan
America operations include cement plants, ready-mix concrete plants,
concrete block plants, quarries, import and rail terminals and fly ash
CONTACT: Mary Beth Kramer
SOURCE Roanoke Cement Company