DENVER – As part of GCC’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions, the GCC Trident Plant near Three Forks, Montana, will fully convert to Portland limestone cement (PLC), a high-quality cement that lowers the carbon footprint of concrete early next year.
“We believe that our industry must continue to provide the homes, roads and infrastructure that shape our world while, simultaneously, addressing the challenge of climate change,” said Ron Henley, president of GCC’s U.S. division. “PLC is one piece of the puzzle to reduce greenhouse gases. Concrete made with PLC is a resilient material that easily meets the needs of our customers for generations to come.”
PLC differs from Portland cement by increasing the amount of limestone in the formula. GCC’s Trident Plant produces up to 350,000 tons of cement per year that is used to build better communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Trident Plant has been in operation for more than 110 years and employs approximately 80 people. GCC estimates the Trident Plant’s production will reduce CO2 by almost 25,000 tons each year. That’s like removing 4,500 cars from the road or adding 26,000 acres of forest.
“Earlier this year, GCC signed the Global Cement and Concrete Association’s net zero pledge; PLC will help us, and our customers, reach that goal,” Henley added. “We are committed to building a better world.”
PLC is a proven product that performs similarly to Portland cement with almost identical strength, workability, and durability. GCC plans to expand production of PLC to more of the U.S. plants in the near future.
About GCC: GCC believes that by growing and strengthening partnerships, together we can build a better future. GCC is a leading supplier and producer of cement, concrete, aggregates and construction‐related services in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Annual cement production capacity is 5.8 million metric tons. The company employees approximately 3,000 employees in the U.S. and Mexico. Founded in 1941, the Company’s shares are listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GCC. The Trident Plant became part of the GCC portfolio in 2018.