TROUTVILLE, Va., April 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Roanoke Cement Company was honored last night with the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for Land Conservation at an event held at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA. The Honorable Timothy M. Kaine, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia, gave the keynote speech that morning and L. Preston Bryant Jr., Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, David K. Paylor, Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, and Joseph H. Maroon, Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, presented the award to the Troutville Plant Manager, Kevin Baird, and Lance Clark, Environmental Manager. The award is given to leaders in the Commonwealth who have made an outstanding contribution toward protecting and conserving the environment and whose actions have benefited the health and welfare of Virginia's communities and the state as a whole. Roanoke Cement Company is the only cement manufacturing facility in the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves customers in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, the District of Columbia and South Carolina.
"We are proud to be the recipients of the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence," said Kevin Baird. "This signifies two decades of the plant's ecological achievements." Roanoke Cement Company was the winner of the Land Conservation Award for its dedication, continued open access and upkeep of the Andy Layne Memorial Trail, a part of the Appalachian Trail and continued stewardship of Catawba Creek through annual cleanup activities and preservation.
The Troutville plant is located in the center of a pristine environment, much heralded as a recreation destination. Roanoke Cement Company established a right-of-way for hikers to cross its property on the Andy Layne Memorial Trail, dedicated in March of 2001, for the legendary Appalachian Trail hiker. The revamped section of the Appalachian Trail permits hikers the accessibility to the nature settings they desire. This particular category of the Governor's Awards is intended to recognize exemplary land conservation programs within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Cement has been manufactured in Troutville for over 50 years; Titan America LLC took over operations in 1992. Roanoke Cement has brought innovative, sustainable, state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies to this rural site. The company was recently recognized by the Portland Cement Association for its energy efficiency achievements and overall environmental stewardship.
Gubernatorial recognition of Roanoke Cement Company's environmental strides is not new. Governor Jim Gilmore, one-term Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002, presented Roanoke Cement Company with an Environmental Excellence Award for a Manufacturer in 2001.
Roanoke Cement Company is a subsidiary of Titan America LLC, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, the premier cement and building materials producer in the Eastern United States. Roanoke Cement Company received Energy Star(R) recognition in 2007 and 2008 and is an Energy Star(R) partner. Its parent, Titan Cement Company, S.A., headquartered in Athens, Greece, is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, a group of companies committed to sustainable and socially responsible business practices and is a founding member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
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