Crews return to Ash Grove

CHANUTE — Ash Grove Cement Company’s plant here is back online.
On Monday, 90 employees laid off the week of Nov. 23 returned to work, putting the total on site at 137.
Randy Pryor, plant manager, told the Register the recall was made possible by a draw down of inventory during the two-and-a-half months the work force was idled.
“We have room to run (production) now,” Pryor said. “Though we anticipate 2010 to be much like 2009. We are hopeful that the economy will stabilize and improve by the end of the year.”
Ash Grove Cement, headquartered in Overland Park, operates cement plants in nine states and has had a presence in the industry for 125 years, having been incorporated in Missouri in 1882 as the Ash Grove White Lime Association.
The company’s nine cement plants have an annual production capacity of nearly 9 million tons of cement, making Ash Grove the sixth largest cement manufacturer in the United States.