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The Lehigh Portland Cement Company

The Industrial Heritage Trail

 
 
The Lehigh Portland Cement Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. The Lehigh Portland Cement Company Marker
Inscription. The Lehigh Portland Cement Company was originally known as the Great Lakes Portland Cement Company. The plant was constructed in 1925 on a 23 acre site adjacent to Lake Erie and the Union Ship Canal. The plant employed over 250 people, and had a production capacity of 7,000 barrels of cement a day. The Lehigh Portland Cement Company acquired the plant in 1941.

During World War II, cement production at the plant was reduced sharply, as the plant produced large quantities of lime in support of the U.S. Government's war efforts. After the war, cement production increased, with the plant employing over 150 workers on six-days-a-week overtime schedules. To keep up with demand, the company constructed 24 additional cement storage silos in 1956. These new silos were capable of holding 360,000 barrels of cement, and allowed for faster loading onto railroad cars and trucks.

In 1970, a weakened economy combined with high material and labor costs forced the plant to close. The production plant has since been demolished, and the remaining silos are used solely for storage and distribution.

View of the Lehigh Portland Cement Company, 1958. The production plant is on the right. The Hanna Furnce Company and Union Ship Canal can be seen in the background.

The Lehigh Portland Cement Company, circa 1958. The newly constructed
Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. Northward
Marker is on the second tower from the right; third in distance away in this view.
silos are on the right.
 
Erected by The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc.
 
Location. 42° 50.044′ N, 78° 51.284′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Fuhrmann Boulevard mile south of Ohio Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Union Ship Canal (here, next to this marker); Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (here, next to this marker); Improvements in Ship Design (here, next to this marker); Early Lake Erie Water Craft (here, next to this marker); The Great Lakes (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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