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FALL 2017

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8 CEMENT AMERICAS • Fall 2017 • www.cementamericas.com CEMENTSCOPE Lehigh Hanson Alternative Fuel Proposal Blocked An Indiana judge has dealt a serious blow to Lehigh Hanson's Speed, Ind., cement plant's three-year push to burn hazardous materials, reported The Couri- er-Journal. The plant, which was formerly owned by Essroc, failed to persuade Judge Susan L. Orth for the Clark County Circuit Court that Clark County zoning officials botched their handling of the controversial project. Orth ruled the plant did not follow the proper admin- istrative procedures before filing its lawsuit seeking to overturn a local zoning decision. She also found that the county had acted properly in the matter. The proposal has been in dispute and disarray since the company proposed to burn hazardous waste in 2014, with the county at first allowing the practice under local zoning laws and later reversing itself after substantial public pressure. The Courier-Journal reported in 1993 that Clark County commissioners banned the burning of hazardous waste within a mile of homes or businesses – excluding nearly all of the county. The plant is located closer than that to homes and businesses. At a hearing last year, C. Gregory Fifer, an attorney who represented the company, called the ordinance a "sham." The company would need to seek a variance and it has yet to do so, the judge ruled. Sarasota County Commission- ers turned down a plan to locate a cement-recycling plant near a popu- lar bird sanctuary in southwest Flor- ida, according to WGCU. Jim Gabbert proposed building the 16-acre facility less than a mile away from The Celery Fields. The Audu- bon Society calls the site an ideal location for bird watching. County Commissioner Nancy Detert said she would have approved the plan 25 years ago. "Every town has an area where you kinda send your junk businesses to," said Detert. "But now there's a lot of residences there. Now The Cel- ery Fields are popular. What I think happened here is that Mr. Gabbert missed the market." The commissioners did agree that recycling construction debris is good for the environment, but this is the wrong location. County Commissioners Reject Cement Plant Near Bird Sanctuary Spiroflow Rolls Out New Logo Spiroflow, a provider of powder handling and dry bulk solids processing solutions, positions itself for the future with a major re-branding initiative featuring a contem- porary new logo. The company is an early inventor of the flexible screw conveyor but has greatly expanded their product line through the years via acquisition and in-house product development. "We chose a fresh modern font. The white space cre- ated by the shape of the 'w' represents the filling and discharging of powders and materials – a nod to our bulk material handling solutions," explained Spiroflow Founder, Co-Chairman and President Michel Podevyn. "The multiple colors speak to the different and growing divisions of the company, the complementary products and services we provide our customers, the multiple materials we help our customers process, and the fact that Spiroflow does business in more than 75 countries." "We proudly carry on our heritage and commitment to excellence with a fresh new look as we launch what will be the brand and company logo for the next 45 years," adds Spiroflow Co-Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Dudas. Spiroflow delivers engineered solutions designed to solve powder handling and processing challenges through the UK-based Spiroflow Ltd. and the U.S.-based Spiroflow Systems Inc. business units. Spiroflow bulk material handling and powder processing equipment solutions include a wide range of mechanical conveyors and an expansive line of bulk bag fillers, bulk bag unloaders, control systems, bulk bag conditioners, customized hoppers, bin activators, and bin, bag, box and drum emptiers.

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