Lehigh Cement plant to close in Glens Falls after 130 years

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The Lehigh Cement Plant in Glens Falls is closing after 130 years.

Lehigh Hanson announced Wednesday it plans a phased shutdown of the facility in 2023.

“As a result of changes to the competitive landscape within the global cement industry, it has become increasingly difficult for relatively small and aging plants like the Glens Falls facility to cost-effectively manufacture its products,” said a statement from the company. “The decision to halt production at this facility is in line with the company’s ongoing efforts to optimize its asset base and decrease the complexity of its operations.”

The company says financial and job search assistance will be provided to the 85 employees who work there.

They say workflow will be distributed among plants in Greene County, along with New England.

A new, energy efficient plant also recently opened in Indiana.