Lhoist North America has received permits to construct an energy-efficient lime kiln at its Marble Falls plant in Texas, to meet the steel industry’s growing demand for high purity dolomitic lime products.
The company will begin the construction soon with an expected completion date in 2021after it received a nod from Texas’ environmental quality commission following a wide-ranged review. The company intends to increase its local workforce accordingly with the development.
As many industry organizations are delaying capital spending, due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Lhoist plans to safely move forward to meet projected steel production needs and future infrastructure development in the North American industry, according to media reports.
Lhoist is a major supplier of lime and minerals in North America serving the steel and iron industry as well as other functions. During the steelmaking process, every net ton of steel produced requires 30-70kg of lime and 100-200kg of limestone.
Lhoist North America is headquartered in Fort Worth Texas and employs about 1,500 workers in more than 50 locations in the US and Canada.