PAULDING – Today, LafargeHolcim announced plans to build three wind turbines to help power its cement plant in Paulding. Adding the turbines is part of the company’s commitment to improving manufacturing operations, controlling costs and operating sustainably.

“Distributed wind energy is a first for LafargeHolcim in North America and something we’re excited to leverage,” said Jamie M. Gentoso, CEO of US Cement operations. “The Paulding cement plant has been an anchor of this region for decades, producing high-quality cement and mineral components for our nation’s highways, roads, airports and national landmarks. Investing in new ways to operate our plants that provide a benefit for the environment is very important to us and the communities where we work.”

The turbines will begin construction in December and will be built in partnership with One Energy. The three Paulding turbines are expected to generate more than 12 million kWh annually, enough to power approximately 1,200 average households for an entire year based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration and should eliminate the equivalent of more than 9,000 annual tons of CO2.

“It's great to partner with the LafargeHolcim as they enhance their environmental footprint with this clean, inexhaustible fuel source," said Jereme Kent, CEO and general manager of One Energy. “Ohio is one of three states that led the United States last year in new distributed wind capacity installed, and in the Ohio valley, the use of wind energy is well accepted.”

To contribute to the continued success of the community surrounding the Paulding plant, LafargeHolcim will create three $5,000 Megawatt Scholarships – one per turbine for a total of $15,000 annually – to be awarded each year the turbines are in operation. The Megawatt Scholarships will be awarded annually to local high school graduates pursuing a two-year or four-year STEM degree.

Additionally, One Energy will pay $27,000 annually in local property taxes.

The Paulding cement plant first began operations in 1956 in Paulding and currently employs 84. The plant produces Portland cement (Type I) and Masonry (Type N, M and S). Paulding has an annual capacity of 500,000 metric tons, supplying markets in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois.

The Paulding plant operates with the highest level of alternative fuel replacement in the world. Operating in compliance with HWC-MACT, more than 95% of the plant’s thermal energy requirements come from Fuel Quality Wastes out of other industrial processes, thus virtually eliminating the use of fossil fuels. Systech, a fully owned subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, operating on site provides the Paulding cement plant with fuel quality wastes. Paulding has been using fuels that are a blend of waste paint, paint thinners, inks and oils that contain heat value similar to fossil fuels successfully since 1978.

LafargeHolcim is the leading global building materials and solutions company. It has four businesses: cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete as well as advanced solutions and products that include precast concrete, asphalt and mortar. With its broad portfolio LafargeHolcim solves the toughest challenges facing masons, builders, architects and engineers, bringing industry-leading innovations and services to customers challenged by urbanization, population growth and the demand for sustainability. Headquartered in Switzerland and with leading positions in all regions, LafargeHolcim employs approximately 80,000 employees in around 80 countries and has a portfolio that is equally balanced between developing and mature markets.

In the United States, LafargeHolcim companies include close to 350 sites in 43 states and employ 7,000 people.