Plant Tours

Friday  afternoon  will  include  a  multi-plant  bus  tour.    The  bus  tour

 will  focus  on  the  rich history  of  cement  manufacturing  in  the Lehigh  Valley.    Tour  stops  will  include:

  • a  photo opportunity  at  the  Coplay  bottle  kilns
  • a  visit  to  the  Northampton  cement  museum
  • a visit to the Lehigh Hanson Nazareth Cement Plant
  • a drive-through tour of the 3 other cement plants
  • pass by many  of  the  shutdown cement production facilities  in  the  Lehigh  Valley.    

Lunches will be provided prior to the tour

One  bus  will  stop  by  the  ABE airport  after  the  tour.

No PPE is required as participants will not enter plant areas

Private cars will not be allowed at the cement plants

Tour Highlights

Buzzi Unicem Stockertown Plant


The Stockertown Plant has gone through many modifications/upgrades to remain viable and sustainable. Its current plant manager, Bruce Keim led the most important project in 1992-1994 with the installation of a 5 stage precalciner and in-line roller mill. 

Elementia Keystone Cement


Keystone  Cement, located in Bath, Pennsylvania, is the most modern plant in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1926, the original plant was upgraded several times over the years, with the most recent modernization in 2009. Keystone is part of the Elementia group, based in Mexico City.

Lehigh Hanson Nazareth Plant


Lehigh  Cement’s Nazareth plant is located in Eastern Pennsylvania and nestled directly into the quaint town of Nazareth.  This modernized cement plant services markets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and  New York. The plant consists of 3 previously separate plants: Coplay, Lonestar & Penn Dixie. These three plants have been molded into one large plant spanning approximately two miles.

LafargeHolcim Whitehall Plant



The LafargeHolcim Whitehall cement plant began production in 1899 in Pennsylvania, making Whitehall one of the oldest operating cement plants in the US. The plant has two preheater kiln lines in operation. Raw and finish grinding are accomplished through ball mill circuits. The Whitehall Cement Plant employs 80 people, each of whom contribute to the plant’s diverse product portfolio of 14 different types of cement. 

Since 1990, the Whitehall cement plant has reduced CO2 emissions by 35%, and replaced traditional non-renewable fuels like coal and petroleum coke by 50% via the plant’s dynamic alternative fuels program.

Coplay Cement Bottle Kilns


 Coplay Cement Company Kilns U.S. National Register of Historic Places  

, also known as the Saylor Park Industrial Museum, is an open-air historic site located at Coplay, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.  The nine kilns were built in 1892-1893, and used for the production of Portland cement.  They are constructed of locally produced red brick, and are known as Schoefer vertical kilns.  They were shut down in 1904. 

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Atlas Cement Museum


Atlas Cement Museum in Northampton is dedicated to the the history of Atlas Cement Company in Northampton and it's thousands of workers that shaped the community. The museum has thousands of artifacts ranging from detonators to an actual microscope used in the lab to test cement mixtures..