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Essroc Cement Corporation

Essroc Cement Corporation

Thousands of training hours made possible by GGWFP

Essroc Cement Corporation
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Location: Berkeley County
Essroc Italcementi Group officially dedicated their new cement production line in Martinsburg, W.Va. last June. The project, representing an investment in excess of $600 million, tripled the plant’s production capacity of high quality, performance-specific cements to 2 million tons annually. Martinsburg can thus meet Essroc’s market demand well into the future.

The extensive use of state-of-the-art technologies and processes required intensive retraining of the work force. During the construction period of more than two years, all employees involved in the manufacturing process were submitted to training, which included technical aspects as well as soft skills.

To allow the plant’s staff to operate the new equipment, more than 23,000 hours went into dedicated training. When the plant came online with the first test production in November 2009, Essroc’s work force was ready.

Essroc is a leading North American cement manufacturer headquartered in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, with plants in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Essroc is a member of Italcementi Group, which is based in Bergamo, Italy and is the fifth largest cement manufacturer in the world.

“The GGWFP has had a strong impact on our training program. The continued support and funding we have received has helped Essroc defray, in part, the costs of providing technical training. That has also effectively raised the skill level of our work force.”

C.D. Linton
Manager of Human Resources
Essroc Italcementi Group, Martinsburg, W.Va.