Public comments wanted on St. Marys Cement expansion project

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St Marys is accepting public comments regarding its proposed expansion and modernization in three ways.

St Marys Cement has scheduled a public open house for the community to learn about the ongoing efforts to modernize the Charlevoix plant.

St Marys is accepting public comments regarding its proposed expansion and modernization in three ways.


The scope of the project includes modernizing existing infrastructure and upgrading the capability of the plant to provide more efficient operations and enhanced environmental performance in response to changing economic conditions and a more competitive operating environment.

The public is invited to attend an open house to learn about the modernization project and its positive impact on the Charlevoix community.

The Project Team will be available for one-on-one discussions in an informal open house setting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday Dec. 15, with a brief overview presentation starting at 5:15 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Brief overview presentation starting at approximately 5:15 p.m. )

Location: Charlevoix Public Library, Community Room B, 220 West Clinton Street, Charlevoix, Michigan, 49720, Ph: 231-547-2651

“With this Project, we are investing in excess of $130 million to upgrade the operations and associated pollution control equipment that will ensure our future in the Charlevoix business community. The investment in our Charlevoix facility is consistent with Votorantim Cimentos’ and St Marys’ global initiative to remain a sustainable and environmentally conscious leader in the industry,” said Randy Pryor, Operations Manager for St Marys Cement. “We will contribute to the local economy by providing in excess of 300 construction jobs and up to 10 new permanent jobs as part of this modernization project.”

Ways to provide comment:

At the meeting: Submit a Comment Form at the Public Open House

Email comments to:

Mail comments to: St Marys Cement, c/o HDR, 30 N LaSalle St, Suite 3220, Chicago, IL 60602

The Public Open House meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. St Marys Cement strives to provide reasonable accommodations and services for persons who require assistance to participate. For special assistance, please contact at least five business days prior to meeting date.


The St Marys Cement Charlevoix plant modernization project is committed to modernizing its infrastructure and technology and to providing more efficient and productive operations.

As part of the project, production capacity will increase by 40%, up to 10 new permanent and in excess of 300 construction jobs will be created, approximately $29 million dollars will be invested for pollution control equipment, and the Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) will be utilized for financing assistance.

As part of the Modernization Project, St Marys Cement filed a Permit to Install with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (Permit No. 140-15) in July 2015.

About St Marys Cement

St Marys Cement operates as part of Votorantim Cimentos.

One of the largest cement producers in the world, Votorantim Cimentos operates 25 cement plants in the Americas and has a combined capacity of 28 million metric tonnes per annum.

Both Votorantim Cimentos and St Marys Cement maintain a long heritage of excellence and commitment to quality products and sustainable operations.

St Marys Cement manufactures a variety of cement for different purposes–normal, high-early strength, low heat hydration, sulphate-resisting as well as other supplementary cementitious products–in bulk and as bagged product.

Products are rigorously tested to meet the high standards demanded by today’s dynamic construction needs.

In 1912, cement was carted from the St Marys Plant using horse-drawn carriages.

Today, distribution is accomplished through a sophisticated network of terminals throughout the Great Lakes Region, serviced by barge, rail and truck.