Cement company saving pollinators


By Whitney Vickers - wvickers@civitasmedia.com



The plot sits on a 10-year-old reclaimed quarry. Fairborn Cement Company last year planted 30 acres near its newest plot to help save pollinators.

The plot sits on a 10-year-old reclaimed quarry. Fairborn Cement Company last year planted 30 acres near its newest plot to help save pollinators.


Whitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.


Whitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.


Whitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.


Whitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.


FAIRBORN — Fairborn Cement Company, formerly known as CEMEX, is providing a hand in saving pollinators.

It received a grant in 2016, allowing the company to plant 30 acres of wildflowers, which are expected to bloom tenfold in the coming months.

“It’s a very good end-use for the land,” Quality Control Manager Rusty Strader said. “This is all reclaimed quarries, so this is a very good use — it’s good for the environment.”

This year, the company set aside a plot specifically aimed to attract monarch butterflies, which is set on a 10-year-old reclaimed quarry. Some Fairborn Cement Company employees volunteered a hand April 21 to scatter seeds across the plot to ultimately sprout future monarch butterfly nutrients. Saving pollinators has been a plant-wide effort, involving various departments across the company such as the quarry crew and plant officials, among others, according to Strader.

“Eventually we’ll turn this into a land-learning lab,” Strader said of the pollinator-friendly area. “Community members, we hope in the future, to get them back here, and the [school] kids. Buses could get back here easily.”

CEMEX was sold to Eagle Materials Inc. in February this year for approximately $400 million. Fairborn Cement Company is now a subsidiary of Eagle Materials Inc.

The plot sits on a 10-year-old reclaimed quarry. Fairborn Cement Company last year planted 30 acres near its newest plot to help save pollinators.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/04/web1_5-5.jpgThe plot sits on a 10-year-old reclaimed quarry. Fairborn Cement Company last year planted 30 acres near its newest plot to help save pollinators.

Whitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/04/web1_1-5.jpgWhitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.

Whitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/04/web1_2-6.jpgWhitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.

Whitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/04/web1_3-5.jpgWhitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.

Whitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/04/web1_4-4.jpgWhitney Vickers | Greene County News Fairborn Cement Company employees broadcast seeding to ultimately create a monarch butterfly-friendly plot.

By Whitney Vickers

wvickers@civitasmedia.com

Reach Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.

Reach Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.

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