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Buzzi Unicem USA Receives 2019 PCA Sustainabile Manufacturing Awards for Community Outreach and Safety Innovation

The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America's cement manufacturers. The Association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment.

Annually PCA recognizes industry leadership and innovation through their Sustainable Manufacturing Awards program in the areas of:

Environment and Energy (E&E)

Safety Innovation, and

Safety Performance

On April 9 Buzzi Unicem USA was the recipient of 2019 Awards in the E&E and Safety Innovation categories.

Picture of the Safety and Innovation Award
Left to right - Brad Williams (Plant Manager Festus, MO) and Howard Edwards (Maintenance Manager Festus MO) receiving the 2019 Safety Innovation Award from Tom Beck (PCA Chairman).

The Buzzi Unicem Greencastle Plant won the 2019 E&E Land Stewardship award for outstanding achievement in community relations for their work with the not-for-profit People Pathways organization in constructing a 2.6-mile smooth packed stone section of the Putnam Nature Trail. Buzzi Unicem USA staff and People Pathways completed installation over a former railroad bed (aka "rails-to-trails" project) and improved the trail with native trees and prairie vegetation, interpretive signage, benches, birdhouses and other features.

Picture of the Community Outreach Award
Dan Nugent (left), Sr. VP Technical Services and Government Affairs, receiving the 2019 E&E Community Outreach Award from Tom Beck (right), PCA Chairman

The Buzzi Unicem Festus Plant won the 2019 Safety Innovation Award in Pyro-processing for their Automated Clinker Cooler Sampler. The Sampler system is designed as a simple single action tray sampler that is hydraulically operated to capture clinker discharged from the kiln. Once the device collects clinker it deposits the sample into a chute by means of a pusher plate, where it is then conveyed to the clinker analyzer. This automated system eliminates the need for manual collection from the clinker cooler itself.