Â Lafargeâ€™s Buchanan Plant To Produce Environmentally-Friendly product
Lafarge, North Americaâ€™s largest diversified supplier of construction materials, and Mirant Corporation, a leading U.S.-based competitive energy company, today announced that they have signed a long-term agreement under which Mirant, beginning in 2010, will supply synthetic gypsum to Lafargeâ€™s gypsum drywall manufacturing facility in Buchanan, New York.Â Â
Reflecting Lafargeâ€™s long-standing commitment to producing â€œgreenâ€ products, the company will invest in an upgrade of its Buchanan plant which will enable it to manufacture a full line of gypsum products using this environmentally-friendly material. The supply agreement will also ensure Lafargeâ€™s continuing, cost-effective access to a critical raw material used in its building products. Upon scheduled completion in 2010, the gypsum board manufactured in this plant will exceed 99 percent recycled content by weight and qualify toward the attainment of LEEDÂ® credits in the construction of â€œGreen Buildingsâ€ throughout the northeastern United States.
Lafarge is an industry leader in the use of synthetic gypsum. With the addition of the Buchanan plant, nearly all of the gypsum board manufactured by Lafarge in North America will be made with 100 percent recycled paper and recycled gypsum. Currently, Lafargeâ€™s Silver Grove, Kentucky plant and Palatka, Florida plant qualify for this distinction.
â€œThis is a major step in our evolution to be the industry leader in gypsum board and the number one supplier of â€˜greenâ€™ building products,â€ said Ike Preston, President of Lafarge Gypsum in North America. â€œThis upgrade will allow us to serve virtually all of our trading area with recycled product and assist our customers in meeting the requirements of LEEDÂ® certified construction.â€
Mirant will transport the synthetic gypsum to Lafargeâ€™s Buchanan facility from its Morgantown and Chalk Point electric generating stations in Maryland.Â Synthetic gypsum is a by-product created from the sulfur dioxide removal technology currently being constructed at Mirantâ€™s Maryland power plants as part of the companyâ€™s $1.6 billion investment in air pollution control technologies.Â Â Â Â
â€œPartnering with Lafarge allows Mirant to maximize the environmental benefit from the installation of these systems.Â The beneficial use of the synthetic gypsum eliminates the need for waste disposal of the by-product,â€ said Bob Driscoll, CEO, Mirant Mid-Atlantic, LLC.Â