Irving Materials, Inc., a concrete and materials provider headquartered in Greenfield, Indiana, has adopted the CarbonCure CO2 Recycling Technology in 15 of its ready-mix concrete plants across Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. On average, every cubic yard of concrete made by the company with the CarbonCure Technology will save 25 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), greatly reducing their carbon footprint.
CarbonCure Technology works by injecting recycled post-industrial CO2 into concrete during the manufacturing process. The CO2 undergoes a mineralization process that enhances the concrete’s compressive strength, enabling concrete producers to optimize concrete mixes without compromising the concrete’s quality or impacting its price.
“Irving Materials Inc. is a family-owned and community-oriented business,” says Bob Haldrup, North Division President of Irving Materials. “We are proud and humbled to provide the high-quality concrete products that make up the structural backbone of our communities. imi Concrete has been at the forefront of concrete innovation, including the development of the front discharge concrete mixer that is now an industry staple. CarbonCure fits within our vision to lead our industry with forward-thinking processes that provide better products for our customers.”
Irving Materials first installed the technology at its Whiteland, Indiana plant in July 2017, where it conducted extensive testing. The company initiated its expanded coverage of the carbon-reducing technology with three plant installations in November 2018. A further 11 plants are scheduled for installation in early 2019. Developers and contractors will be able to access concrete made with recycled CO2 from select plant locations by early spring.
Jeff McPherson, VP Sales & Marketing, remarks, “At the end of the day, what matters to our customers is: Does the concrete meet structural performance and construction requirements and does it make good business sense? CarbonCure enables us to produce the same high-quality concrete that our customers have relied on us to provide for the past seven decades, but now with a reduced environmental impact.”
The CarbonCure Technology is available in 126 concrete plants across the U.S. and Canada. The company recently announced its initial foray into international territories with an additional three plant installations at Pan-United, the leading concrete producer in Singapore.