Lehigh Hanson held “topping out” ceremony Friday morning, as expansion project nears the finish line

MITCHELL – The Mitchell Lehigh plant hosted a “topping out” ceremony on Friday, July 22, 2022, where Lehigh employees, representatives from the construction team, contractors, and local dignitaries signed the steel section before it was hoisted to top out the stack.

Those in attendance watching the top rise

A “topping out” ceremony is a long-standing tradition of construction workers, particularly steel workers, to commemorate the completion of a building’s structure – specifically the placement of the final steel. In keeping with the tradition, as the stack section was being lifted, an American flag was unfurled on the structure.

Lehigh Cement Plant Manager Tracy Crowther

“With today’s topping out ceremony, we are another step closer to realizing the completion of this monumental project,” said Tracy Crowther, Lehigh Cement Plant Manager. “Thanks to the efforts and support of our employees, contractors, vendors, trade workers, and the Mitchell community, this amazing new plant will be ready to begin production in the very near future.”

The new Mitchell cement plant will allow for a substantial increase in production capacity while significantly reducing energy usage, fuel consumption and emissions per ton of cement produced through modern equipment and the latest in cement production technology.

In October 2019, the company broke ground on the construction of the new plant in Mitchell which will replace the existing facility. Following a delay caused by COVID-19, construction resumed in September of 2020 at an accelerated pace. This “topping out” ceremony marks the end of this leg of the project, with the new facility expected to be finished in early 2023.