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
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.
, 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.
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..