Lafarge operation counting on expansion to remain viable

By |  January 9, 2014

Lafarge North America’s Redlands Quarry in Lockport, N.Y., needs to expand to stay in business, the company said Jan. 6 upon receiving the city planning board’s recommendation to expand. The company says it will be able to continue business in Lockport for another three to five years if given permission to expand.

According to the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, the recommendation is made conditional on a report from the city’s director of engineering and public works, who will investigate whether or not quarry blasting will affect the city’s water supply line, which runs along a city road.

Lafarge is seeking approval to mine 9.1 acres of a 15-acre parcel it bought several years ago. The current operation employs 40 people, the newspaper reports.

“We’re desperately trying to find the good stone so we can stay in business,” said Kevin Brown, an attorney for Lafarge, to the planning board.

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