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Essroc Cement Corporation



Essroc Cement Corporation

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Project Type:
Existing
Location: Berkley County
Essroc Cement Corporation is a leading North American cement manufacturer with plants and distribution facilities located throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Essroc is a member of the Italcementi Group, based in Bergamo, Italy. The company has more than 23,000 employees in 22 countries on four continents. In 2007, the Italcementi Group was ranked the fifth largest cement producer in the world with cement and clinker production capacity of nearly 65 million metric tons. It is listed in the Dow Jones Global Sustainability Index for its performance in corporate responsibility.

In 2002, Essroc Cement Corporation of Nazareth, Pennsylvania acquired the Capitol Cement facility in Martinsburg, West Virginia, with plans for a major plant modernization and expansion project. The new production line, currently under construction, will use the most advanced technology in the field. This acquisition and plant upgrade represents a total investment of over $300 million, the largest industrial investment in West Virginia to date, and will be a state-of-the-art facility for the cement industry in North America.

The new plant expansion project has been permitted to increase capacity up to 1.8 million tons per year, retaining 150 qualified jobs and improving the plant’s environmental footprint.

A major challenge for the Essroc Cement Corporation Administrative Office, since the inception of the new line project, has been to dramatically raise the preparation level of its work force. The magnitude of this expansion represents Essroc’s commitment to West Virginia and its economic future. During the construction phase of the new line, it will create more than 600 construction jobs, as well as boost the local economy of Martinsburg.

“Thanks to funding by the Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program, we have put together a robust and diverse training program, effectively raising the skill level of our employees to the new standards of a technologically advanced industrial complex,” said C.D. Linton, human resources manager.
“Thanks to funding by the Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program, we have put together a robust and diverse training program, effectively raising the skill level of our employees to the new standards of a technologically advanced industrial complex.”

C.D. Linton, Human Resources Manager, Essroc Plant