Cement terminal project completed in Weirton
WEIRTON — LafargeHolcim, on Wednesday, announced the completion of a multi-million-dollar project restoring and expanding its terminal facility in Weirton.
The site had been inactive for approximately 10 years, according to company officials, and now will be used to store and distribute the company’s specialty well cements for the oil and gas industry.
“We have made a significant investment in the Weirton terminal in direct response to the growing needs of our energy industry customers. Demand for access to our oil well cement has increased dramatically, yet existing distribution channels had grown congested,” said Jamie M. Gentoso, CEO of U.S. Cement operations. “LafargeHolcim can now meet and exceed our customers’ needs with this efficient, state-of-the-art terminal that will support the growing energy industry in this region for many years to come.”
The project included expansion of the site — located in the Half Moon Industrial Park — construction of a new water-based off-loading facility and restoration of existing silos.
LafargeHolcim collaborated with the Army Corps of Engineers, the West Virginia Department of Commerce, the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle and the local community, company officials stated.
In addition, the company worked with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and Environmental Protection Agency to assure all operating and environmental permits are in place.
“Our goal is to build a diverse and expanding economy in the Brooke-Hancock region. To have a site this size in the Ohio River Valley, just off a major interchange and four-lane highway, is a great reflection of how we can mobilize the power of a community,” said Patrick Ford, Business Development Corporation executive director. “With the help of our partners, we are prepared to make infrastructure improvements that will catalyze this site and the surrounding area for a variety of exciting projects.”
As part of the collaboration, LafargeHolcim has been granted additional funding for surrounding site infrastructure improvements and build-out through the conditional grant program known as the West Virginia Industrial Access Road Program.
“We’re pleased to partner with the people of West Virginia to drive business growth, and we’re confident this terminal will serve as a hub of economic activity for Weirton and the surrounding area,” said Gentoso. “This upgrade has provided business to area contractors, added jobs at Weirton, and supports the energy industry so vital to the economy of West Virginia.”
According to information from the company, its well cements products, used for cementing work in the construction of oil and gas wells, will be shipped to Weirton, via the Ohio River, from its facility in Joppa, Ill.