The churning of cement will soon be powered by the turning of wind turbines at a northwest Ohio cement plant.

Cement manufacturer LafargeHolcim is adding three wind turbines to its Paulding, Ohio, plant as part of the company’s plan to improve manufacturing operations, control costs, and operate more sustainably.

“Distributed wind energy is a first for LafargeHolcim in North America and something we’re excited to leverage,” says Jamie Gentoso, CEO of U.S. cement operations. “The Paulding cement plant has been an anchor of this region for decades, producing high-quality cement and mineral components for our nation’s highways, roads, airports and national landmarks. Investing in new ways to operate our plants that provide a benefit for the environment is very important to us and the communities where we work.”

LafargeHolcim is a leading global building materials manufacturer of cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, asphalt and mortar. Headquartered in Switzerland, LafargeHolcim employs about 80,000 employees in around 80 countries, including about 7,000 in the United States at 350 sites in 43 states.

Construction will begin this month and is expected to generate more than 12 million kWh annually, which is enough to power about 1,200 households for a year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In addition, the turbines will eliminate about 9,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

To further support the northwest Ohio community of Paulding, LafargeHolcim will create three, $5,000 Megawatt Scholarships (one per turbine for a total of $15,000 annually) to be awarded each year the turbines are in operation. The Megawatt Scholarships will be awarded annually to local high school graduates pursuing a two-year or four-year STEM degree.

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