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CALPORTLAND® RILLITO, AZ CEMENT PLANT EARNS ITS 9th EPA’S ENERGY STAR® CERTIFICATION FOR SUPERIOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

CalPortland Company
·3 min read

Outperforms similar U.S. plants on measure of energy efficiency.

Glendora, CA, Jan. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CalPortland is proud to announce that the company’s Rillito, AZ cement plant, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification. Facility Certification signifies that the industrial plant performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. This is the ninth consecutive (2012 – 2020) year that the Rillito, AZ plant has earned the ENERGY STAR, reflecting a legacy of continued energy savings.

"CalPortland is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR 2020 certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts at the Rillito plant,” said Allen Hamblen, President/CEO CalPortland. "We continue to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and ENERGY STAR while also reducing our energy costs through the hard work of our employees and our corporate energy management culture.”

Earning ENERGY STAR certification highlights CalPortland’s status of operating within the highest level of performance of the top 25 percent of cement plants in the nation with regards to energy performance. The company has improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its plant.

“Commercial buildings and industrial plants account for nearly half of the nation’s energy” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “But through benchmarking performance and a strategic approach to energy management, it is possible for companies to save energy, save money, and protect the environment.”

CalPortland is receiving this ENERGY STAR certification in recognition for its commitment to high-level leadership in energy management throughout the company as well as demonstrating efficiency at the Rillito, AZ facility. Some of the key accomplishments for certification included:

• Replacing 2 preheater tower cyclones with a new CalPortland design that improved heat exchange and efficiency and is expected to save over $800K/year.

• Installing new high efficiency belting for a 3.5-mile quarry belt conveyor (7 miles of belting)

• Replacing the kiln baghouse process fan and all dust collector bags in that baghouse which lowered differential pressure and substantially improved energy efficiency.

• Increasing the plant’s focus on energy efficiency by expanding its energy team, conducting more frequent energy meetings and communicating energy efficiency best practices throughout the plant.

This distinct plant recognition is distinguishable from the 2020 EPA ENERGY STAR® PARTNER OF THE YEAR (POY) for Sustained Excellence award received by the company earlier in 2020. The company has received the POY award for sixteen consecutive years (2005-2020) which is a feat that is unmatched by any other industrial company in the United States.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR.

About CalPortland

CalPortland Company is a major producer of cement, ready mixed concrete, aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in the western United States and Canada. Founded in 1891 with the principle of providing unsurpassed quality, CalPortland remains a leader in the industry through its commitment to quality, safety, customer service, technical excellence and environmental leadership. The company maintains its headquarters in Glendora, California and operates in the Western U.S. and two Canadian Provinces. For more information about CalPortland Company visit www.calportland.com .

About Energy Star

For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Industrial Facilities visit: energystar.gov/plants

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CONTACT: Tina McIntyre CalPortland Company 626-691-1907 tmcintyre@calportland.com