2012-04-05 / Front Page

British Columbia company announces acquisition of Western Lime Facilities

Port Inland operation included in transaction

Graymont a leading producer of lime and limestone products in North America, has acquired Western Lime Corporation. Graymont President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Dodge made the announced on March 30. Graymont has corporate offices located in Richmond, British Columbia.

According to the press release the acquisition is consistent with Graymont’s strategy for growth and its objective to become the supplier and partner of choice in the lime industry. “With this acquisition Graymont both strengthens its ability to reliably serve lime customers, and its knowledge and expertise at all levels to complement its customer value proposition,” said Dodge.

“We look forward to welcoming the employees of Western Lime to the Graymont family” said Dodge. “We saw a natural alignment with Western Lime in combining our operations. Both companies operate on solid common values, a strong safety culture, a shared commitment to their customers and employees, a commitment to improving environmental performance and engaging with the communities where they operate, and delivering value to all of their stakeholders” he added.

The combination brings together Western Lime’s 92 years and Graymont’s 64 years of experience in the lime industry to strengthen their unsurpassed supply reliability for their customers.

Western Lime was formed in 1921 by the merger of eight smaller, family-owned lime producers, the oldest of which dated back to 1847.

The family owned and operated business has its corporate headquarters in West Bend, Wis., north of Milwaukee, and production facilities in Green Bay and Eden, Wis. and Port Inland in Michigan.

Graymont is the third largest producer of lime in North America with facilities across Canada and the United States, and has a significant investment in Mexico with a minority equity interest in Grupo Calidra, the largest lime producer in Mexico.

The locally acquired Port Inland plant opened after 20 months of construction in 2007. It produces high calcium pebble lime from limestone that is quarried on site. Lime from this plant is shipped by rail and truck throughout Canada and the U.S. under the brand name: Western High Cal Pebble Lime.

The Green Bay plant produces high calcium pebble and hydrated lime from limestone purchased from quarries on Lake Michigan and Huron. The products are marketed under the brand names, Western High Cal Pebble Lime and Western Pure Cal Hydrated Lime.

The Eden Plant produces dolomitic pebble lime and type “S” pressure hydrated lime from dolomitic limestone that is quarried on the plant property. Brand names produced at the Eden plant are Western Miracle Masons Lime, Western Type “S”, “N” and “M” gray and colored mortar mixes, and Limate, general purpose lime.

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