Photo by Tudor Van Hampton Building a cement plant is key to survival, local firm says. Rendering courtesy Ozinga Bros. Inc. Ozinga filed an Illinois permit application for its proposed plant under a new business unit, Universal Cement, in December 2008. It expects a decision later this year. Related Links: U.S. Cement Production Flat Following 2009's Big Decline A fourth-generation, family-owned concrete company in Chicago wants to build its own cement plant so it can become more vertically integrated.Ozinga Bros Inc., founded in 1928, has proposed building the 1-million-ton-per-year plant on a 50-acre parcel it owns on Chicago's South Side.
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