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Congratulations to Ash Grove Cement Co. of Louisville, Nebraska

POSTED: FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015 5:00 AM

By Paige Yowell

Ash Grove Cement Co. of Louisville, Nebraska, has been honored for its efforts toward energy efficiency.

The plant won top honors in the annual Ash Grove Energy Management (AGem) Outstanding Plant of the Year competition, which was established in 2008.

Since then, eight Ash Grove cement manufacturing plants and two grinding facilities have competed to earn the award. Each facility is evaluated on an extensive matrix of data that is focused on energy use, efficiency and cost.

New projects since 2012 have included installation of LED lighting, variable frequency drive motors, high efficiency motors and more efficient processing equipment. Most suggestions to reduce energy usage and costs come from plant employees.

The process exceeded the goal of saving $20 million in energy costs three years ago.

The Louisville cement manufacturing plant employs 136 and began operations in 1929.