Essroc Italcementi Group closed on its acquisition of the Holcim slag cement grinding facility in Camden, N.J.  The facility is now fully integrated into Essroc’s network.

“We are pleased to finalize the acquisition of the Camden slag cement grinding facility and look forward to serving the slag requirement of concrete producers in the northeast market,” said Francesco Carantani, Essroc’s president and chief executive officer. “With the focus on sustainability and durability, there is a projected growth in the demand and usage of slag cement.”

The Camden facility can produce 500,000 metric tons of slag cement annually.  Combined with Essroc’s other slag cement operations in Picton, Ont.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Middlebranch, Ohio, Essroc has a combined slag cement production capacity exceeding 750,000 metric tons of slag cement annually.

“The addition of the Camden operation allows Essroc to provide a more comprehensive product offering to our customers in the northeast and mid-Atlantic markets,” said Carantani. “This strategic acquisition demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest level of customer and technical service.”

Slag cement, or ground granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBFS), is a cementitious material that is a byproduct of steel production. It works synergistically with portland cement to increase strength, reduce permeability, improve resistance to chemical attack and inhibit rebar corrosion. As a green building material, slag cement can be used in virtually all concrete applications.ESSROC is a leading North American cement producer with over 6.5 million metric tons of annual capacity. With headquarters in Nazareth, Pa., Essroc operates production facilities located throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Essroc is member of the Italcementi Group of companies. Italcementi Group is a world leader in cement production with annual sales topping 4.7 billion euros and operations located on four continents.