Plant open day will be a blast!

Rides on monster trucks is just one attraction at the Lafarge open day

Rides on monster trucks is just one attraction at the Lafarge open day

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An open day later this month at the Lafarge Tarmac cement plant at Oxwellmains near Dunbar promises to be a real blast!

At the event on Saturday, September 28, there will be rides on monster trucks, the lowdown on the new wildlife quarry developments, a simulated blast in the quarry – and the chance to win an ipad mini!

Plant manager, Florin Stoiean, who took over the site in July, says he hopes the local community will take the chance to see how technically advanced the industry has become. Cement-making now combines physics, chemistry, engineering, and environmental sciences. It isn’t just about making the product – it’s about how we do so in a safe way with minimal impact on the environment around us.”

Visitors at the open day can expect to see plenty of interesting interactive displays to mark the site’s 50th year, including rides on monster dumper trucks.

Florin said: “You’ll be able to see the huge quarry machinery close up and we’re going to simulate a quarry blast inside a special pod.

“We are planning for the kiln to be running on the day, and at 60 metres long and with temperatures inside up to 1500C, it’s quite an experience.”

Entry to the site is free. Visitors are asked to wear sturdy walking boots if they want to take part in the plant tour.

Visitors attending all exhibits will have free entry to a draw to win an ipad mini; the winner will be notified after the event.

Gates open at 11am and the exhibits close at 3pm. Refreshments are available and parking is on the left as you approach the plant off the A1 exit.

The Dunbar Cement plant has 130 employees and is estimated to contribute more than £8 million to the local economy each year through salaries, rates, contracts with local suppliers and donations. The site started operations in 1963 and is the only cement works in Scotland.