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Ravena Cement Plant expands environmental, public affairs team

Alicia Prioleau

RAVENA –The Ravena cement plant, part of the Holcim family of companies in the U.S., has announced two strategic hires that will help further its mission of sustainability and environmental compliance, while also facilitating its ability to have a greater and more far-reaching impact on the local community.

Alicia Prioleau will serve as the plant’s new Area Environmental and Public Affairs Manager, and Katherine Gallarno will fill the position of Environmental Engineer.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Alicia and Katherine to our team as we continue to focus on improving our operations and minimizing our impact on both the environment and our neighbors,” said Dave MacLauchlin, plant manager at Ravena. “I am confident their experience and talents will help us achieve both our short and long-term goals as we strive to not only meet but exceed environmental standards, and also continue to diversify our workforce.”

“It’s a testament to the strength of our overall vision and commitment to sustainability that we have been able to attract top talent like Alicia and Katherine to Ravena,” said Robert McGehee, director of Environment and Land, Holcim. “I look forward to working with them to advance environmental excellence and sustainability at the plant to the future benefit of the local community and all New Yorkers.”

Prior to joining the Ravena team, Gallarno worked at the cement plant in Alpena, Michigan, where she trained a team of technicians on conducting proper environmental inspections and compliance. She graduated from Michigan Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering.

Katherine Gallarno

Prioleau comes to the Ravena plant from the Arkansas Health Department, where she worked in the Engineering Section, Water Operator Licensing Department, and was responsible for training prospective and existing employees on EPA compliance. She is a NREP Registered Environmental Manager and has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, having held positions in the food and beverage, medical, and manufacturing industries. Prioleau holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Grambling State University, and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Webster University.

Since joining the community in 1962, the Ravena cement plant has played a vital role in developing the foundation of our everyday lives. As the largest property taxpayer and employer in Southern Albany County, the plant employs more than 150 full-time employees and recognizes the importance of creating a safe environment for both our workforce and the local community, according to the company.

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