Cement Americas

WIN 2019

Cement Americas provides comprehensive coverage of the North and South American cement markets from raw material extraction to delivery and tranportation to end user.

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6 CEMENT AMERICAS • Winter 2019 • www.cementamericas.com CEMENTSCOPE monitoring the process, the plant has endless opportuni- ties to learn and further one's knowledge. For me this is critical, I enjoy learning something new each day and the cement industry provides an environment to do just that," said Iles. Watts interned for Ash Grove at its Overland Park, Kan., tech- nical center and is studying chemical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). Watts has served as a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She also achieved the Dean's Honor Roll at Missouri S&T. " The combination of being around my coworkers and understanding the impact cement has on the community has furthered my interest in the field as a career because I want to put that knowledge towards making a positive impact on everyone around me," said Watts. Dave Ezell, vice president of human resources for Ash Grove, added, "I am always impressed by the interns' strong work ethic and desire to learn. Student projects not only contribute to the company, but also provide for profes- sional growth of the students." Cemex Brooksville Plant Hosts Rescue Training Cemex hosted more than 30 area firefighters at its Brooks- ville South Cement Plant in Florida to provide first respond- ers the opportunity to conduct high-angle rescue training and practice operating at heights. The firefighters from Hernando County, Pasco County and Tampa's Fire Department visited the Cemex facility on Nov. 8 for the specialized training where first responders simu- lated rescue operations using the height of two clinker silos at the cement plant. During the exercise, firefighters were tasked with rescu- ing a mannequin that mimicked a patient that was injured nearly 200 ft. above the ground. Firefighters climbed the silo to where the mannequin was located, loaded it into a rescue basket, then ziplined down a rope to an adjacent silo to complete the rescue. Firefighters also received addi- tional practice on rappelling down the sides of buildings by climbing down the side of one of the silos. "Cemex has been a part of Hernando County for decades, and we are proud to support our local first responders by providing them a training ground where they can practice unique rescues," said Cemex USA Brooksville South Cement Plant Manager Alberto Calleros. "This training strengthens the abilities of the firefighters as they serve our communi- ties in extraordinary scenarios." Hernando County first responders are scheduled to visit the plant again this month to hold classes alerting Cemex employees of the risks of confined spaces as part of the company's annual Safety Week. Metso Acquires Kiln Flames Systems Metso recently closed on the acquisition of the UK-based combustion solutions and technology provider Kiln Flame Systems Ltd. (KFS) to extend its pyro processing portfolio and capabilities. KFS specializes in rotary kiln and calcining processes, com- bustion optimization and burner technologies with patent- ed designs. It provides solutions to a wide range of indus- tries including minerals processing. KFS will become part of Metso's Minerals Services business area, which offers a comprehensive line of pyro processing equipment. " The acquisition supports Metso's growth strategy by strengthening our capabilities to provide pyro solutions to our customers. KFS technologies will complement our offering and we are pleased to welcome the KFS team to Metso," said Mikko Keto, president of Minerals Services business area at Metso.

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