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Construction on Enormous Cement Plant Begins

March 25, 2006 - Posted at 12:39 p.m. CST

BLOOMSDALE, Mo. (AP) _ Construction is under way on a multi

million-dollar cement plant near St. Louis that's expected to be

among the nation's biggest.

The Holcim company plant has long been in the works,

and is expected to employ one-thousand construction workers during

the building. The plant, due to open by 2009, will employ 200

people.

Senator Jim Talent attended yesterday's groundbreaking in

Bloomsdale, 50 miles south of St. Louis. He says Holcim will

minimize pollution, and the economic benefits will be great.

Environmentalists remain concerned the plant will add smog to

the St. Louis area.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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