Martin Marietta's Midlothian Cement Plant was awarded the 2014 Energy Star® certification for superior energy performance by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award places the Midlothian Cement Plant in an exceptional category of high-performing, energy efficient cement plants in the U.S., based on the EPA's strict energy efficiency performance levels through the National Energy Performance Rating System.
Building on its previous Energy Star recognition, Martin's Midlothian Cement Plant has implemented the requirements outlined by the EPA for plant energy programs, including an action plan that ultimately resulted in achieving this designation. Employees at the plant followed a range of energy-based strategies that included process and monitoring improvements, usage of alternative fuels practicing best energy efficiency principles and engaging employees on a regular basis with energy related information. "Energy efficiency is critical in managing our business. As stewards of the environment and our natural resources, we are committed to ongoing improvement in our operations," stated Bob Kidnew, President - Cement Division for Martin. "Martin Marietta is pleased to accept EPA's Energy Star certification on behalf of our employees who have worked so hard to earn this award again."
With the growth in worldwide demand for energy expected to accelerate in the future, making energy efficiency an integral part of Martin's operations through programs such as EPA's Energy Star designation will continue to be an essential goal. "Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's manufacturing facilities is critical to protecting our environment in an economically sustainable manner," said Jean Lupinacci, Chief, Energy Star Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the plant floor to the board room, organizations such as Martin Marietta are leading the way by making their facilities more energy efficient and earning EPA's Energy Star." The Midlothian plant has long been a model of environmental efficiency through both innovative air pollution control technologies as well as innovative process efficiencies to manufacture one of the most widely-used and durable building materials on earth.