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JAN 2019

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28 • ROCK products • January 2019 Environmental Excellence Cemex's efforts to achieve environmental excellence were recently honored by Texan by Nature, a Texas-led conser- vation non-profit founded by Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush. The company was recognized for its ongoing commit- ment to sustainability and land preservation through the El Carmen Land and Conservation Co. LLC (ECLCC), a partner- ship that oversees the U.S. portion of El Carmen, a private trans-boundary nature preserve. ECLCC is a combined effort between Cemex and J. Austin Ranches. The Texan by Nature Conservation Wranglers pro- gram recognizes innovative and transformative conservation projects in the state. ECLCC works to preserve approximately 27,000 acres of El Carmen within Texas. "Sustainability is one of our core strategies at Cemex," said Galassini. "We are honored to be recognized by Texan by Nature for our efforts at El Carmen. We are not only committed to restoring habitats and wildlife there but strive to extend that commitment to our operations." El Carmen is comprised of five different ecosystems, and its nearly 350,000 acres in Texas and Mexico are home to a myriad of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. CEMEX has made important contributions to the continued scientific research, restoration, conservation, and increased population of endangered species and their habitats in this cross-border private conservation region. ECLCC was one of six projects across Texas named as a 2018 Conservation Wrangler by Texan by Nature. Last year, Texas Parks and Wildlife honored Cemex and ECLCC for conserva- tion efforts with the 2017 Lone Star Steward Award for the Trans Pecos Region. Next month, in part two of this three-part feature, read about how Balcones Quarry has leveraged equipment and technology to maximize productivity. Balcones at 50 Balcones Hosts Quarry Academy Cemex hosted dozens of aggregates industry experts at its Balcones Quarry in New Braunfels, Texas, to help highlight best practices to improve process efficiency as part of the annual Quarry Academy educational seminar presented by Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology and Dyno Nobel. Cemex representatives gave the more than 130 Academy participants an up-close look at the new fully automated and highly efficient aggregates wash plant at Balcones Quarry along with the facility's new high-performance water recycle and fines recovery plant, which has decreased the company's reliance on water from local aquifer sources by 90 percent. The fines recovery plant reclaims aggregate fines from the wash plant to a useable sand product. "It's an honor for us to host the Quarry Academy at the pre- mier aggregates facility in the country," said Cemex USA Regional President – Texas and New Mexico Region Joel Galassini. "Cemex is a leader in the aggregates industry, and we are proud to demonstrate our high standards when it comes to safety and innovation." During the four-hour tour, participants also watched a drill- ing exhibition by Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology as well as a blasting demonstration by Dyno Nobel, empha- sizing innovative, efficient and safe mining technologies. In 2018, Cemex hosted the Quarry Academy tour for the fifth time at the Balcones Quarry.

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