Construction is 75% complete on a new $170 million kiln linethat produces clinker, the main raw material used in cement making,according to Industrial Information Resources, a Houston-basedindustry researcher. Also nearing completion is a $60 millionlimestone quarry expansion.

The expansion program will increase annual capacity to 1.5million tons from 770,000 tons. Two existing kilns will be shutdown and salvaged when the new line is operating in first quarter2002, Information Resources reports.

Lafarge Corp. bought an undisclosed number of cement and limeproduction plants in September from Blue Circle Industries of GreatBritain in an all-cash $3.8 billion deal. Other plants are inGeorgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma and New York.

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