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February 6, 2020
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Building products manufacturer National Cement Company held an event last Thursday to break ground on a $250 million kiln at its production facility in Ragland, AL, several local news organizations reported.
“This investment is going to keep National Cement here for years to come. They account for 70 to 75% of this town’s budget,” Ragland Mayor Richard Bunt told television news station WBRC. “So having them here now and in the future is very important to our town.”
Company executives gathered with officials at a ceremony to mark the beginning of work on the site, including State Rep. B. Craig Lipscomb and Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, coverage by the St. Clair Times said.
Plans for the expansion were first announced last December. During the project, a new kiln will be built at the facility.
“We are excited about our kiln project in Ragland. It will ensure that our employees and our Ragland facility can continue to be competitive for years to come by upgrading our plant with the latest technology and equipment,” the president of National Cement of Alabama, Spencer Weitman, said in an Alabama Department of Commerce release from 2019.
The new kiln is slated to become operational in 2022.
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