In August 1928 Ketton Portland Cement Company was incorporated and construction of a works began.
Within a year it was producing cement from the first kiln and by the end of 1929 the 140 men – and two women – on the permanent payroll had despatched 8,500 tonnes of cement.
Today, Ketton is one of the most efficient cement works in Europe. The loyalty of the workforce is evident in the fact that the average length of service is 18 years.
The history of the works was commemorated in 2003 by the publication of a book commissioned to mark 75 years of Ketton cement.
For the future, we continue to invest in modern plant and equipment at the works and are intent on improving the operation’s sustainability, primarily through the increased use of alternative fuels to replace the traditional coal used to provide energy for the kilns.
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|Ketton and the community |
Ketton has a policy of being a good neighbour. As well as making sure the environment is protected, this also manifests itself in both practical and financial support for local groups.
An example of this is our membership of Stamford Town Centre Management Partnership. Using money through the landfill tax credit scheme, Hanson Cement has been able to provide funding for a number of local amenities and for the restoration and repair of buildings such as Stamford’s Corn Exchange.
Other examples of our support include a sponsored walk by employees to raise money for the local air ambulance service, the donation of stone to create a “clock” in a local school’s grounds, supplying kit for a junior football team and creating a low maintenance nature garden at another local school.
Caring for the community includes caring for the environment. Ketton quarry is home to 26 different species of butterfly and a large number of birds, including nightingales.
The company has also built a 63-metre long bat cave in the quarry and works closely with local conservation groups to protect the flora and fauna in its quarries. It has also been the major sponsor for National Insect Week.
These activities are often reported in Open Door, a newsletter circulated by the company to every household within a five-mile radius of the works as a means of keeping the local community informed.
Ketton supplies cement primarily to locations in central and southern England.
- The Second Severn Crossing and the Jubilee Line tube extension are among its more high profile successes.
- We also supplied over 40,000 tonnes of cement for the Thurrock Viaduct section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, most of it from Ketton.
- And 250 tonnes of Ketton cement went into the Medway Bridge M2 motorway-widening project in Kent.
|Fascinating facts |
Ketton village was once owned by William the Conqueror and had to pay him £10 per annum
When first created, Ketton Portland Cement Company was a subsidiary of a scrap metal and recycling business .
The company's first full week's wage bill was £202.2s 11d - wages for 90 men.
Hanson Cement was the first UK cement producer to carry out annual environmental audits of its sites.
We planted nearly 13,000 trees and shrubs on an extension to the Wytchley Warren Farm quarry in Ketton.
Ketton quarry has even been useful for reasons that could never have been dreamed of years ago. It was chosen as the location for a BBC TV Top Gear programme in which presenters shot cars off the quarry ridge onto a dartboard painted on the quarry floor!
There was also the mystery of the “black cat” seen in the quarry. Some think it is a black panther and the story was featured in a BBC television documentary. Ketton has even been the base for an international running event over a 10.4k course.