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January 22, 2014

Lafarge looking for input on expansion


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “I can’t allow you to do this, until you can absolutely guarantee my waterline and 25,000 people’s waterline, is safe,” said city 4th Ward Alderman Patrick W. Schrader.

The current Lafarge quarry on the north side of Hinman employs about 40 people. About half of the business is providing asphalt that meets state Department of Transportation standards for use in road and bridge projects.

Galdenzi told Tuesday’s attendees there’s a few paving projects coming up that will need Lafarge’s stone. That includes a few bridges on the Interstate 190 that runs by the Niagara Power Authority in Niagara Falls.

Lafarge said the town strip combined with the city parcel will keep Lafarge going in Lockport for another three to five years. The company is seeking permission from the Town of Lockport to expand to the south side of Hinman, where Lafarge has bought property in recent years.

Galdenzi said Lafarge also needs approval from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The entire process could take two to three years.

Similar meetings like Tuesday’s are expected to be held in the future, Galdenzi said. The community advisory group is expected to meet on a regular basis.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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