The Boards of Directors for Holcim (US) Inc. and its parent company, Holcim Ltd gave final approval in November 2005 to move forward on the construction of the Ste. Genevieve Project, a large cement production facility located in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri. When construction is complete and the plant begins operations in 2009, the plant will employ approximately 200 workers and be the catalyst for $1 billion in capital investment, plus new state and local taxes generated by the economic activity. Four million metric tons of cement are expected to be produced each year.