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Chanute Plant
1801 N. Santa Fe Ave.
Chanute, KS 66720
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The Chanute, Kansas plant is the home of the Ash Grove Cement Company's first cement plant, which was completed in 1908.  The first clinker was produced from the kilns on July 28, 1908 with an annual clinker production capacity of 164,500 tons.  In the early 1960s, Ash Grove Cement Company embarked on a major construction project with the complete modernization of the cement plant that increased the Chanute plants capacity to 500,000 tons per year. 


In 2001, Ash Grove completed another major modernization project at the Chanute plant, which replaced the existing wet process kilns with a state-of-the-art dry process plant.  The new plant utilizes the latest machinery & technology as well as environmental controls.  The dry process kiln system consists of a vertical roller mill for raw material processing into the kiln feed, a single string, five-stage preheater tower equipped with a separate line downdraft calciner, a five meter diameter by 55-meter long kiln and Cross-barTM clinker cooler.  The finish grinding system in the plant consists of four ball mills, one 7,200 hp mill and three 2,300 hp mills.  Current rated production capacity of the Chanute plant is 1,500,000 tons per year clinker.  High level control systems, on-line chemistry control, staged combustion systems, and high-efficiency separators are prominent in the Chanute plant and help make it one of the most efficient cement manufacturing facilities in the U.S. while minimizing its environmental footprint.  The Chanute plant began burning hazardous waste in its cement kilns in 1987, a practice that continues today and helps minimize the use of non-renewable fossil fuels in the manufacture of Portland cement and eliminates hazardous waste without land-filling. 


The Chanute plant was first awarded the ENERGY STAR for plants in 2006.  It also received the same award in 2007 and 2008.  Overall, Ash Grove has reduced its energy intensity by approximately 3.5% since 2005.

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2006, 2007, 2008

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