Since its founding in 1916, the PCA's mission is Improve and expand the uses of Portland cement and concrete. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. the PCA's goals are to create jobs and economic growth and to develop infrastructure investments, innovation projects and excellence in construction throughout the U.S. and Canada.
On April 29, PCA recognized six cement plants with the Chairman's Safety Performance Award for outstanding safety records at PCA's Spring Meeting in Chicago. PCA honored plants in three categories designated by the number of hours employees collectively worked in 2012 for achieving superior safety records.
The plants were:
- Texas Industries Inc., Riverside, CA - Less than 193,500 employee hours
- St. Marys Cement, Detroit, MI - Less than 193,500 employee hours
- CEMEX USA, Odessa, TX - Between 193,501 and 255,500 employee hours
- CalPortland, Rillito, AZ - Between 193,501 and 255,500 employee hours
- Lafarge North America, Alpena, MI - More than 255,001 employee hours
- Alamo Cement Company, San Antonio, TX - More than 255,001 employee hours.
This year the records of 101 portland cement plants in the United States and Canada were reviewed to determine which ones achieved the best safety records. Several of these plants had no accidents in 2012, and all the plants excelled in preventing accidents.