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2018
10/25/2018
Lone Star Industries, Inc. Announces Sale of Over 2,600 Acres of Open Space to State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources to Expand State Park Complex


UTICA, IL (Oct. 25, 2018): Lone Star Industries, Inc. d/b/a Buzzi Unicem USA today announced the sale of 2,629 acres to the State of Illinois in an effort to promote mined land reclamation and expand the state's most heavily visited state parks.

"The decision to sell this land to preserve open space represents Buzzi Unicem USA's effort to be a good corporate citizen and an environmentally responsible neighbor," said Daniel B. Nugent, Sr. Vice-President, Technical Services and Government Affairs of Buzzi Unicem USA. "Sustainable development is a core value of our business model. We strive to do business in a way that can meet the needs of present generations without jeopardizing the ability to satisfy the needs of future generations."

Following the cessation of mining activities on the property, Buzzi Unicem USA successfully completed the regulatory reclamation process necessary to restore the land to a natural and productive space. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will incorporate the former Buzzi Unicem USA property into the adjacent areas of Starved Rock and Matthieson State Parks, with intentions to restore wildlife habitats and provide valuable outdoor recreational activities to the public. Buzzi was pleased to partner with the State of Illinois to give back to the very community that helped the company operate a successful mining and cement manufacturing location for decades.

"We are excited to see what IDNR and the people of Illinois have in store for this land," said Mr. Nugent. "We hope the expansion of the state parks through this acquisition inspires other companies to look for opportunities to do the same." Headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Buzzi Unicem USA is one of the leading cement manufacturing companies in the US. The company’s seven cement plants have a production capacity of approximately 9 million metric tons. Buzzi Unicem USA serves the Midwest, Southwest, Northeast and Southeast sections of the country.

The company operates 34 cement terminals across the US to distribute the cement into 21 states. Buzzi Unicem USA, with over 1,300 valued employees, supplies cement and masonry cement to over 3,800 ready-mix concrete, highway and airport paving firms, concrete block companies and concrete product firms.

Picture of news conference

Appearing at the announcement ceremony at Starved Rock State (IL) Park, from left to right, IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal, IL Governor Bruce Raunor, IL Senator Sue Rezin, BUU Sr VP Technical Services and Government Affairs Dan Nugent, Oglesby Mayor Don Finley.