11 from China's cement industry get tour of Union Bridge plant

November 27, 1996

Eleven representatives of the cement industry in China toured Lehigh Portland Cement Co.'s Union Bridge plant Monday to study U.S. manufacturing technology.

The visit was sponsored by the Massachusetts-based U.S. Institute of Transitional Economies and the Chinese Township Enterprises Development Center, a unit of the Ministry of Agriculture.

"Their cement industry is quite antiquated," said Herb Weller, quality control supervisor at the Union Bridge plant. "They were astounded at our low cost of electricity and low cost per man-hour of cement" produced.

Weller said Lehigh wasn't giving away technological information that could be used in China to produce cheaper cement for export to the United States. Demand for cement in China is so high and production so low that the Chinese are trying to buy cement on the world market, he said.

The 11-member delegation included an engineer, a representative of the Agriculture Ministry's cement quality control center, and executives from cement-manufacturing plants in two provinces.

4 teen-agers arrested in Taneytown thefts

Taneytown police arrested four teen-agers on juvenile charges of theft and motor vehicle tampering after three city residents told officers that someone had entered their unlocked vehicles on the parking lot of the American Legion on Broad Street Monday evening and stolen personal items.

The boys, all about 15 years old, were released to relatives pending action by juvenile authorities, Police Chief Mel Diggs said yesterday.

"They were after money and spare change in coat pockets, anything they could get their hands on," he said.

During questioning, some of the boys implicated others in connection with similar incidents last week at the parking lot of Thunderhead Bowl of Taneytown on Old Taneytown Road, Diggs said.

The investigation is continuing, he said.

Police

New Windsor: A resident of Franklinville Road told police that someone kicked and scratched his vehicle while it was parked in the 3600 block of Hawks Hill Road between 11 p.m. Saturday and 1: 30 a.m. Sunday. Damage was estimated at $500.

Fire

New Windsor: Firefighters from Union Bridge, Winfield, Harney and Libertytown in Frederick County assisted New Windsor at 6: 51 p.m. Friday, responding for a silo fire in the 4200 block of Sams Creek Road. Units were out two hours and 30 minutes.

Pub Date: 11/27/96

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