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JAN 2019

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Page 30 of 101 ROCK products • January 2019 • 27 "The new water recycling system at Cemex's Balcones quarry is the first-of-its-kind in our operations and was constructed to reduce reliance on local aquifers, which are extremely important water sources for the more than two million local residents and businesses," said Galassini. "We're proud of the updates our team has made at the Balcones quarry, and expect a positive impact on our surrounding communities." According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New Braunfels was the nation's second-fastest growing city among those with more than 50,000 residents, recording a population increase of 6.6 percent during the 12 months ending July 1, 2015. The new recycling system will save the equivalent of 2,000 Olym- pic-sized swimming pools annually. "This project represents Cemex's continued commitment to integrating safety and sustainability practices into our operations and to minimize our environmental footprint in the communities in which we live, work and operate," said Madridejos. "Our team has driven day-to-day activities to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees while also applying industry-leading environmental management practices in our Balcones operations, and we're extremely proud of their diligence." Wildlife Habitat Center Another unique feature at Balcones Quarry is the Dry Comal Creek Wildlife Habitat Center. Cemex first began construction on the habitat area five years ago. The 17-acre area includes a pollinator garden, a prairie res- toration area and honeybee apiaries. Lance Griffin, director of aggregate operations for Texas and New Mexico, said the project started as a simple nature trail and evolved. Cemex has also constructed a conference and event space on the grounds and a handicap-accessible greenhouse garden. Already, Cemex uses the space for school groups and also offers the space for use by non-profit and other organizations. Employees hosted six Quarry Day educational events last April, guiding 650 elementary and high school students through the quarry and teaching them how the limestone produced at the quarry is essential for buildings and roads used every day. The tours ended at the Wildlife Habitat Center, where students learned about the onsite pollinator garden, prairie restoration project and other conservation efforts. Cemex has participated in the Southeast Monarch Initiative with locations throughout the migration path, including Balcones Quarry. Efforts to restore the Monarch popula- tion include planting milkweeds, native prairie-seed mixes, wildflowers and/or other plants beneficial to pollinators in designated onsite habitats and gardens.

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