Ash Grove Cement Company Earns Working for Cleaner Air Award From North Texas Clean...

Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:06pm EDT

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Ash Grove Cement Company Earns Working for Cleaner Air Award From North Texas
Clean Air Coalition


Ash Grove Is First Texas Cement Manufacturer to Receive Award Recognizing
Businesses That Do Their Share for Cleaner Air

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Ash Grove Cement Company's
Midlothian, Texas cement plant earned the "Working for Cleaner Air Employer of
the Year" award from the North Texas Clean Air Coalition (NTCAC).  

The North Texas Clean Air Coalition announced that Ash Grove received the top
2008 award for North Texas companies with less than 500 employees at events
with civic and business leaders in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Ash Grove's Midlothian plant is the first Texas cement manufacturer recognized
in the five-year history of the program and received the award for the
company's successful efforts to control nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.  Ash
Grove's Midlothian facility was one of the first wet process cement plants in
the world to install Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (SNCR) technology to
successfully control ozone forming emissions.  

With the new technology, ozone forming emissions from Ash Grove's Midlothian
plant are lower than nine of 13 dry kilns in Texas, according to 2007 Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) data.  Since 1995, Ash Grove has
reduced NOx emissions by more than 64 percent at the Midlothian plant.  Ash
Grove's Midlothian plant also has the lowest NOx emission levels of any wet
kiln facility in the U.S. and, to our knowledge, the lowest in the world.  

"We are quite pleased to be the only cement manufacturer to earn the North
Texas Clean Air Coalition's 'Working for Cleaner Air Employer of the Year
2008' award," said Ash Grove Chairman and CEO Charlie Sunderland.  "This award
validates our strong environmental commitment and acknowledges our success in
improving air quality in the Dallas-Ft. Worth region."

Ash Grove adopted several other education initiatives with our Midlothian
workforce to help further reduce energy use and improve the environment.  For
example, Ash Grove offered incentives to employees who commute to work,
implemented new policies to reduce time spent driving to and from work and put
new energy conservation measures in place in partnership with the local
utility provider.  Ash Grove is an active and visible part of the NTCAC's
volunteer leadership through the company's participation in the business
community outreach committee.

The North Texas Clean Air Coalition was formed in 1993 to help address the
issue of clean air compliance.  Founding members include the North Texas
Commission, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Dallas Chamber and
the North Central Texas Council of Governments.  The group has been committed
to encouraging voluntary efforts to improve air quality in North Texas through
educating, motivating and recognizing the business community.

About Ash Grove Cement Company 

Ash Grove Cement Company has established its leadership within the cement
industry and has a strong and longstanding tradition of service, reliability,
and quality that reaches back more than 125 years.  As the largest U.S.-owned
cement company, Ash Grove produces nearly nine million tons of cement annually
from nine cement plants located across the country.  

The quality portland and masonry cements produced at these plants are used in
the construction of highways, bridges, commercial and industrial complexes,
single and multi-family homes, and a myriad of other structures fundamental to
America's economic vitality and quality of life.

SOURCE  Ash Grove Cement Company

Jacqueline Clark, APR, +1-913-451-8900 office
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