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DEC 2018

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72 • ROCKproducts • December 2018 The MX-20MT mixer/pump from Blastcrete Equipment LLC gives contractors a high-output, easy-to-use unit for superb productivity on shotcrete and refractory work in a variety of applications, including cement. The machine provides twice the output of the company's popular MX-10 mixer/pump yet has nearly the same compact footprint. It's mounted to a single-chassis trailer for convenience as well as fast and easy transportation, setup and cleaning. The machine features a 1-metric-ton mixer with a high- speed hydraulic agitator that keeps materials blended and in suspension as it flows to the 4-in. swing-tube piston pump. The pump operates with up to 2,200 psi pumping pressure for consistent installation of as much as 20 metric tons of material per hour. Customers can vertically pump refractory material in excess of 300 ft. and load the hopper with as much as 2,500 lb. of material. The MX-20MT is equipped with a 173-hp John Deere Model 6068HF water-cooled diesel engine. Blastcrete also offers the unit with electric motors. The engine on the MX-20MT is placed away from the mixer and receiving hopper to pre- vent thermal transfer that causes refractory materials to set prematurely. Additionally, Blastcrete offers an optional 2,000-psi hydraulic pressure washer for easier cleanup and an automatic lubri- cation system to ensure proper greasing of the swing-tube pump. Customers can also use the unit with Blastcrete's pat- ented DustAway system, which consists of an innovative bulk bag design that attaches to a mixer to contain dust as the mixer fills. Blastcrete Equipment, LafargeHolcim Plant to Harness Wind Energy in Ohio LafargeHolcim announced plans to build three wind turbines to help power its cement plant in Paulding, Ohio. Adding the turbines is part of the company's commitment to improving manufacturing operations, controlling costs and operating sustainably. "Distributed wind energy is a first for LafargeHolcim in North America and something we're excited to leverage," said Jamie M. Gentoso, CEO of U.S. cement operations. "The Paulding cement plant has been an anchor of this region for decades, producing high-quality cement and mineral compo- nents for our nation's highways, roads, airports and national landmarks. Investing in new ways to operate our plants that provide a benefit for the environment is very important to us and the communities where we work." Construction on the turbines will begin in December 2018, in partnership with One Energy. The three Paulding turbines are expected to generate more than 12 million kWh annually, enough to power approximately 1,200 average households for an entire year based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and should eliminate the equivalent of more than 9,000 annual tons of CO2. "It's great to partner with the LafargeHolcim as they enhance their environmental footprint with this clean, inexhaustible fuel source," said Jereme Kent, CEO and gen- eral manager of One Energy. "Ohio is one of three states that led the United States last year in new distributed wind capacity installed, and in the Ohio Valley, the use of wind energy is well accepted." To contribute to the continued success of the community sur- rounding the Paulding plant, LafargeHolcim will create three $5,000 Megawatt Scholarships (one per turbine for a total of $15,000 annually) to be awarded each year the turbines are in operation. The Megawatt Scholarships will be awarded annually to local high school graduates pursuing a two-year or four-year STEM degree. Additionally, One Energy will pay $27,000 annually in local property taxes. PRODUCT Blastcrete Offers Mixer/Pump for Cement Plants

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