When two disasters hit in Holcim’s Mid-America region, local employees took action
As a business “in the business” of building and construction, experiences of devastation and destruction always set the minds of Holcim on a solutions-oriented path. This was the case in the latter part of 2021 when two devastating storms tore through communities in our Mid-America region.
The first, Hurricane Ida, made landfall in Louisiana on August 29, the day the New Orleans community solemnly commemorated the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Causing billions of dollars in damage, Hurricane Ida destroyed farmland, homes, businesses and lives. Tens of thousands of people lost, or were displaced from, their homes and faced weeks without power and everyday essentials many of us take for granted. Among those facing loss and subsequent hardships were many of Holcim’s approximate 150 employees in the New Orleans area, as well as their family members and friends. As early reports began describing the vast extent of the damage and huge number of lives uprooted, Holcim leadership and upper management in the Mid-America Region, as well as Jay Moreau, CEO of US Aggregates and Construction Materials Operation, started to formulate a plan to help.