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$100M upgrade to add 250 jobs at Ada cement plant

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 9, 2014

ADA — A Massachusetts-based company has announced plans for a $100 million modernization project at a cement plant in Ada.

Holcim US Inc. is awaiting approval from state environmental officials to begin the modernization project, said Robin DeCarlo, Holcim’s senior vice president for corporate communications.

“We are expecting there will be approximately 250 temporary jobs during the modernization phase, which will have a direct and positive impact on the Ada economy,” DeCarlo said. “The modernization will increase our plant’s capacity in Ada by about 20 percent.”

The Ada plant, which has about 120 workers, uses limestone from a nearby quarry to produce cement. The modernization project is set to begin at the end of this year, a local newspaper reported.

“The significance of what Holcim is proposing to do would be a significant long-term investment in Ada and in the state,” said state Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada. “It would really place Ada in the forefront of their operations for this part of the nation. If they are able to do what they want to do, they would basically restructure, modify and upgrade their system that would make it a state-of-the-art facility.”

Ada Jobs Foundation CEO Mike Southard said the project will have a significant economic impact on the area through the temporary jobs and by ensuring Holcim’s long-term presence in the community.

“A $100 million capital investment anywhere in Oklahoma will be huge, from temporary construction jobs to what I take the most pride in — and this is the long-term sustainability of the facility,” Southard said.

Holcim is one of the world’s largest suppliers of cement and aggregates and has minority and majority interests in 70 countries.