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Holcim Alpena Plant to Use Tire-Derived Fuel

The Holcim Alpena Plant, formerly known as Lafarge, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday for its new tire co-processing facility.

Totaling $7.4 million, the state supported initiative aims at safely and cleanly converting 22,000 tons of tires per year into energy to help fuel their operations. Holcim said it’s part of their commitment to reduce emissions and dependence on traditional fuels.

The plant will be able to use the tire-derived fuel for 10 percent of their thermal needs for operations.

The ribbon cutting was attended by State Representative Cam Cavitt. “I appreciate their commitment to Alpena and northeast Michigan, and I look forward to working together in the future,” he said.

State Senator Michele Hoitenga was also in attendance. “These improvements to the Holcim Alpena plant are a great example of a public-private partnership,” she said. “Holcim will now have the ability to divert our tires from landfills and streams and turn them into the building materials for tomorrow.”

Governor Whitmer also praised the new facility.