Since 1907, the Holcim Alpena cement plant has been a cornerstone of the Alpena, Michigan, community. Over the past 100 years, generations of workers, some from the same families, have produced the highest quality cement in the world —right here in the heart of Alpena.
At Holcim Alpena, we proudly produce quality cement that is integral to Michigan's economy and infrastructure. We also supply other states by shipping cement via the Great Lakes and adhering to all applicable state and federal environmental regulations.
With the ability to produce up to 2.7 million tons of cement annually, our plant is one of North America's largest cement-producing facilities. We've undergone many changes over the decades, from six small kilns in the early years to five large kilns today.
Community Health and Safety: The health and safety of our employees, contractors and communities where we live and work is paramount in everything we do.
Environmental Protection: Our company has made a global commitment to lowering our carbon footprint by transforming our networks to use renewable energy and alternative fuel sources.
Community Collaboration: We partner with our Community Advisory Panel, our employees and other community stakeholders to help guide our decision-making efforts.
100+ Years of Community Support
Because our actions today impact the quality of life for our community members tomorrow, conserving non-renewable resources is essential. Dedicated to continued innovation, Holcim Alpena's employees, project managers, engineers and scientists have committed to being good stewards of Michigan's natural resources and working toward cleaner and greener operations. For more than 100 years, community members have shared our vision and contributed to our success.
Over the last 15 years, the Alpena plant has invested over $100,000,000 in eco-friendly technologies. In addition to those environmental investments, Holcim Alpena constantly strives to raise awareness of the critical role that architecture, engineering, urban planning and the building industry have in achieving a more sustainable future. Learn more about Holcim’s environmental and social responsibility efforts.
Holcim Alpena's cement supports local and regional economic growth and is used in Michigan construction projects, including the Gordie Howe Bridge, Comerica Park, Ford Field and Little Caesars Arena. Our cement also goes into Michigan roads, schools, hospitals, dams, ports and for decorative applications like patios, floors, staircases, driveways and pool decks. Our plant also serves customers throughout the Midwest and Ontario via the Great Lakes vessels and cement terminals.
Our plant's growth and efficiency are due not just to the use of state-of-the-art electronics, computers, and X-ray analyzers but can be directly attributed to our highly skilled, educated and dedicated employees.
Economic Impact by the Numbers
The local payroll is $25 million annually, and the plant pays $1.2 million annually in local taxes
The plant donates more than $40,000 locally each year and spends $22,000 annually at local restaurants
$45 million in annual purchases from local and regional companies and contractors for products and services.
Most of the 250+ employees live in Alpena or our surrounding communities.
Contractors at the Alpena plant support an additional 100 full-time jobs.