The Hannibal Cement Plant, owned/managed by Continental Cement Company, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the industrial facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

The Hannibal Cement Plant, owned/managed by Continental Cement Company, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the industrial facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

"Continental Cement Company is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Matt Helms, Plant Manager. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Earning ENERGY STAR certification highlights Hannibal’s status within the top 25 percent of cement plants in the nation with regard to energy performance. Continental Cement Company improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its plants.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR, Continental Cement Company in Hannibal took the following actions:

The plant established an energy management policy, team and program.

Key operating characteristics and energy usage were identified to establish the plant’s energy baseline usage and all employees are encouraged to participate in the program.

Promotes the benefits of energy efficiency, with the education of employees, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders on best energy management practices.

Continue to partner with the US EPA ENERGY STAR program and utilize its Guidelines for Energy Management as part of the effort to continuously improve our energy performance.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

For more information about Continental Cement Company, visit www.continentalcement.com