Aggregate Industries

Lafarge Cement bolsters Cookstown cement plant with new appointments

  • 11 Jun 2020

Further strengthening its proposition, Lafarge Cement – part of Aggregate Industries – has appointed John Mulgrew as the new plant manager of its renowned Cookstown cement plant in Ireland.

Effective in his new role from 16 June, John succeeds Russell Larmour who, after nearly 40 years within the Company, will be retiring. John will report into Barry Hope, Exco Director of Cement at Aggregate Industries.

Having joined the LafargeHolcim Group as a quality co-ordinator in 2001, John boasts almost 20 years of experience in the cement industry.

He has risen through the ranks of the company’s Cookstown cement plant in County Tyrone, which in 2015 became a part of Aggregate Industries UK.

In his current role as production manager at Cookstown, a position he has been in since 2016, John has been instrumental in ensuring the ongoing success of the plant and its operations.

Last year, the plant achieved its best results to date, after being placed in the top 10 of LafargeHolcim’s European cement plants, when evaluated against industrial benchmarks.

John will be succeeded as production manager by Jason Bowman, who will step up from his current role as manufacturing manager

John commented: “Having been a part of the Cookstown team for the best part of 20 years, I’m delighted to be following on from Russell as the new plant manager and wish him all the best in his retirement.

“I’m more committed than ever to further strengthening our operations, and I’m looking forward to what the future brings for Cookstown, the Lafarge Cement Business and Aggregate Industries.”

Barry Hope added: “I’d like to congratulate both John and Jason on their new positions. Given his knowledge and varied experience gained during his years at the plant, John is a worthy successor to Russell and his appointment will continue to bolster our Lafarge Cement business for years going forward.

“I would also like to thank Russell for his extraordinary commitment to the business over the past 40 years. He has left Cookstown in a strong place – leading the plant last year to achieve its best results in being ranked in the top 10 of our European cement plants. We wish Russell good luck for the future.”

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