Pharos-Tribune

January 12, 2014

BIZ BUZZ: Essroc seeks input on long-range plan

Company acquires Indy terminal to strengthen link with Logansport.

by Sarah Einselen Pharos-Tribune
Pharos-Tribune

---- — ESSROC Italcementi Group in Logansport is asking for public input on its quarry rehabilitation plan that company personnel recently developed.

The company drew up the plan to outline how it will remediate the environmental impacts of its quarry operations, according to a notice from the company.

ESSROC requires all its locations to have such a plan in place, according to the company’s local environmental manager, Sara Leeman.

It covers “just the general impacts that digging a hole in the ground and extracting natural resources would have,” Leeman said. The one developed locally incorporates ideas included in the company’s model plan, but Leeman wants local residents to have their say in what the company could do with any quarry it finishes with.

One idea included in the plan is to fill an old quarry with water, she said. “I’d like to know if anyone has different ideas for what we would do with that land when we’re done with it.”

The company intends to restore it to as close to a natural area as possible, and wants to consider the local biodiversity as well.

Any steps outlined in the plan, should it be adopted, won’t take place anytime soon, Leeman emphasized — they’re intended as a long-term plan for perhaps decades into the future.

The will be available for perusal at the Logansport-Cass County Public Library, 616 E. Broadway, through Feb. 9.

Comments must be in writing and may be completed on forms available at the library or by emailing Leeman at sara.leeman@essroc.com.

The company, with locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, also acquired another cement terminal in Indianapolis last month. The former Cemex terminal is described in an ESSROC news release as destined to become a key link strengthening the company’s market position between cement operations in Logansport and Speed.

ESSROC, a cement manufacturing firm, currently employs about 80 full-time workers in Logansport.

Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5151. Twitter: @PharosSME