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Lafarge U.S. plants recognized for innovation
Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:14 PM

PAULDING – Lafarge North America has even more reason to be proud of its U.S. operations, thanks to two recent Innovation awards from the Portland Cement Association (PCA). The Paulding Cement Plant, in Paulding, won PCA’s 2014 Cement Industry Energy & Environment Award for Innovation, while the Cave in Rock Quarry, located in Cave in Rock, Ill., won PCA’s 2014 Safety Innovation Award.

“A hearty congratulations to the Paulding Plant and the Cave in Rock Quarry on their respective PCA awards,” said Lafarge U.S. president and CEO John Stull. “These achievements are especially gratifying because they reflect the innovative thinking that drives Lafarge, from our product research and development teams to the employees who work hard to produce our building materials every day.”

The Paulding Plant pioneered a briquetting process to optimize the recycling of cement kiln dust (CKD) back into the cement making process. “We had been returning CKD in its native powder form to the kilns for many years,” said Paulding senior environmental manager Tim Weible. “But it was common for the dust to float around inside the kiln as opposed to staying in the kiln feed bed.”

To resolve this problem, the Paulding leadership team came up with the innovative idea of creating CKD briquettes, after the fashion of charcoal briquettes used for grilling. After an initial and successful trial period, the plant invested approximately $600,000 to install a large briquetting machine and feed system.

“Today Paulding has the potential to return about 16,000 tons of CKD to the hood of the kilns as raw material, increasing our clinker production and improving kiln performance,” said Weible. “We’ve also decreased our specific heat consumption and use of chlorinated grinding aid accelerator, as well as reduced the amount of CKD we send to the landfill, and associated haul truck hours and fuel use.”

With a yearly savings of $1 million, Paulding’s CKD briquetting project payback period was less than eight months. The project supports Lafarge’s corporate-wide goal to recycle or reuse all of its CKD, and its ongoing commitment to sustainability.

To the west of Paulding, in Cave in Rock, Ill., employees came up with a safer way to service the jaw crusher hopper. Used for crushing quarried rocks, the crusher hopper requires periodic maintenance and repairs. Climbing in and out of the hopper on extension ladders while carrying the necessary tools presents both a physical challenge and a potential safety risk. By repurposing equipment and materials found on site, Cave in Rock employees built a movable staircase, complete with handrails, to facilitate access to and egress from the hopper.

“This seems like a simple solution, but it hasn’t been done here at Cave in Rock before,” said health and safety coordinator for Lafarge U.S. West Cement Trent Hesselschwardt. “And this is just one example of how the group here thinks outside the box to find ways to improve processes and make things safer."

The staircase solution is safer in more ways than one, since in addition to providing a handhold, it also creates a clear visual that alerts others working in the area that someone is in the hopper, and to steer clear.

“The PCA award is well deserved recognition for the group at Cave in Rock Quarry,” adds Hesselschwardt. “This is a great example of innovative thinking, where form and function create an opportunity to do our jobs more safely. And the opportunity to share this idea with others is equally satisfying.”

Tax levy renewal for library to appear on ballot
Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:14 PM

By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

PAULDING – A renewal of a tax levy covering current operating expenses for Paulding County Carnegie Library will be appearing on the May 6, 2014 Primary Election.

The operating expenses rate is not to exceed 2.17 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.217 for each one hundred dollars of valuation for five years, commencing in 2014 and first due in calendar year 2015.

Library director Susan Pieper stated recently that the State of Ohio Public Library Fund for 2014 is projected to include another cut of over $25,000 for Paulding’s library system.

Area Easter egg hunts
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:53 PM


HAVILAND – Village of Haviland will host an Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Haviland council building, 201 N. Vine St.


Candidates for county commissioner
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:52 PM



Name: Fred Pieper

Town: Paulding

Office sought: County commissioner

Incumbent: Yes

Political affiliation: Republican

CHP to host musical/talent show
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:52 PM

PAULDING – Community Health Professionals of Paulding will host its annual Spring Musical and Talent Show on April 26, 7 p.m. at the Paulding High School/Middle School Auditoria.

This event features some of the most talented people in the Paulding area, including Izzy Meyer, daughter of Mike and Tomi Meyer, a nurse with CHP in Paulding. She will be singing “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen.”

Payne Village Council discusses repaving
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:19 AM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent

PAYNE – The Payne Village Council met in regular session on Monday night, April 14. Street repairs, architectural fees for the new village offices, and the village garage sale days were set to highlight the meeting’s agenda.