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The best countertops make a statement in your home that other features cannot. You've worked hard to incorporate unique designs and flavors throughout your home, so why should your countertops be any different?

At Real Deal Countertops, we aspire to combine the beauty and durability of natural stone with unrivaled, personalized attention to all customers. With the highest quality materials and the most helpful customer service, we give our clients the opportunity to make informed decisions that they feel good about for years. Our story in the countertop fabrication and manufacturing industry began more than 19 years ago, when Rafael Quedevez started out as a sales representative in Massachusetts. Working his way up through the ranks, Rafael soon made his way to South Carolina to open and manage his own companies. In 2013, we created real Deal Countertops. Since that time, we are proud to have served more than 5,000 customers in South Carolina and beyond.

Our leadership team combines more than 40 years of experience in the home remodeling service industry. Always striving to create a better product for our customers, we use the latest in robotics technologies and the sharpest minds in the business to craft countertops of unparalleled quality. Unlike other countertop companies in Holly Hill, SC, we only source the finest stone slabs in the world.

At Real Deal Countertops, we offer a wide range of styles and materials to choose from, including:

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Quartzite

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Silestone

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Marble

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Sensa

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Pollar White

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Quartz

We are committed to ensuring that granite, marble, and other unique, exotic stones are attainable to all who desire them. If you're in search of a trustworthy counter company with a team of knowledgeable, helpful experts, you have come to the right place!

Most Popular Countertops in Holly Hill, SC

Choosing the best countertops for your kitchen is an important decision, but it doesn't have to be a hard one. One of the best ways to narrow down your search is to find out what kind of countertop material you'd like to use. While it's true that material and style trends change over time, there are several counters that have always been top sellers.

Some of the most popular countertops we sell include:

Marble Countertops in Holly Hill, SC

There's no way around it - marble adds jaw-dropping beauty to just about any room and is known for its good looks. It is a dense stone that comes in many different hues like greens, browns, pinks, greys, whites, and more. While marble countertops often have otherworldly beauty, they can be susceptible to stains and cracks. Marble is also considered one of the most expensive counters to choose from, though the truth is marble comes in a wide range of qualities and prices.

  • Pros: Stunning beauty, plenty of beautiful choices.
  • Cons: Not always used in kitchens due to chance of staining.
  • Popular Colors: Portinari, Shadow Storm, Super White, Lumen, Calacatta Linconni, Nobulato Honned, Shadow, Grey Imperiale Honed.
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Granite Countertops in Holly Hill, SC

When it comes to popularity, granite countertops take the cake. Granite countertops usually contain a blend of quartz, feldspar, mica, and other minerals. Granite can add an edge of elegance and even a country-chic feel to your kitchen, making it a well-rounded stone. Granite is durable and scratch-resistant, though it can require sealing and DIY chip repair.

  • Pros: Luxurious, rich look featuring natural stone that is durable, heat resistant, and scratch-resistant.
  • Cons: Hard material that may require DIY chip repair and sealing.
  • Popular Colors: Blue Jeans, Creama Pearl, Alure, Galaxy White, Luna Pear, Steel Grey, Ubatuba, Oro Brazil.

Quartz Countertops in Holly Hill, SC

Quartz is a manufactured material that represents one of our favorite four-letter words: easy! If you're looking to add a high-end feel to your kitchen or bathroom, quartz is an excellent material to consider. Like granite, quartz countertops can add a decadent vibe to any room. Unlike granite, you may not have to seal quartz quite as often (if ever).

  • Pros: Quartz countertops come in plenty of colors to choose from and are easy to clean. They are also strong, scratch-resistant, and don't require sealing.
  • Cons: Quartz is not as heat resistant as other materials like granite counters. Sharp corners tend to crack, but that can be remedied with rounded corners.
  • Popular Colors: Noble Grey, Raw Concrete, Frosty Carrina, Shitake, Pebble, Pietra Grey, Sierra Madre, Arctic.
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Silestone Countertops in Holly Hill, SC

A manufactured material made from quartz crystals, Silestone countertops are equal parts gorgeous and practical. Known for being a durable, non-porous choice, Silestone is resistant to stains, scratches, and even some forms of bacteria. Homeowners who choose Silestone do so because they can get a high-end look without having to worry too much about maintenance. Silestone counters look great in many different homes, from contemporary abodes with modern accents to vintage-looking kitchens.

  • Pros: Silestone countertops are non-porous, meaning germs and bacteria can't lodge themselves inside this material. This makes Silestone counters great for kitchens and bathrooms alike. This material also comes in a wide variety of colors and resists scratches and chips. Overall, Silestone is an excellent choice if you want to make a solid long-term investment without much upkeep.
  • Cons: While Silestone is great if you're looking for a low-maintenance counter option, it can be sensitive to harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia. Silestone is also not recommended for outdoor use since the resins used to make the material do not do well with UV light.
  • Popular Colors: Daria, Gray Expo, Lagoon, Calacatta Gold, Arctic, Blanco City, Gris Expo, Desert Silver

Quartzite Countertops in Holly Hill, SC

Not to be confused with quartz countertops, which are manmade, quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is quarried much in the same way that granite is. If you're a fan of marble counters, quartzite mimics its looks without as much upkeep. Like granite, it is a very durable choice and adds an upscale feeling to almost any room you choose.

  • Pros: Since it doesn't require any special cleaners, quartzite looks great without much maintenance. When it gets dirty, soap and water should be all you need to clean. Quartzite is also a great long-term option since it doesn't wear down quickly at all.
  • Cons: Heat is required to form quartzite. However, you should avoid putting hot pots and pans on your quartzite countertops. Because quartzite comes in many different varieties, some forms of quartzite need to be sealed more often than others.
  • Popular Colors: Maya, Fusion, Locomotion, Callacata, Airy Concrete, Cocada White
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Which Countertop is Right for You?

If you're just beginning your search for new countertops, it can be a little overwhelming trying to whittle down your options. We've got good news - with over 19 years in the industry, our team of experts has learned a thing or two about countertops. When you come to the Real Deal Countertops showroom, one of our goals is to educate you about our products and your countertop options, so you can make an educated purchasing decision.

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How Will You Use Your Countertops in Holly Hill?

The first and perhaps most crucial part of your countertop choice should stem from how you and your family use your countertops. For example, if you have kids, your counters will probably see a lot of activity. Between standard eating times and "in-between" meals that teens are known for, your counters might double as food prep stations. As such, you might need a countertop material that is resistant to most food and beverage stains. If you own a rental property that sees a lot of foot traffic from strangers, you might want to consider an economical material that is also durable.

  • Do you cook a lot?
  • Do you host a lot of parties?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
Once you figure out exactly how you'll be using your countertops, you can begin to narrow down your choices.
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How Much Upkeep Is Too Much?

Be realistic and honest with yourself about this question. Before you fall in love with how a countertop material looks, be sure you understand how much upkeep is needed. Some materials require more care, while others don't need much at all.

Keep these points in mind:
  • Materials like quartz only need to be wiped down occasionally.
  • Materials like granite, marble, and limestone will need to be sealed at least once a year.
  • Some materials may be durable but aren't stain resistant.

The bottom line is this: Assess the maintenance demands that come along with the materials you're looking at. Marble countertops in Holly Hill, SC are elegant, but if you'e unwilling to keep them looking their best, why bother buying the material?

You should be aware that most countertop materials will require some form of upkeep, even if it' minimal. To help keep your counters in pristine condition, consider these care and precaution tips:

  • Many common foods contain acids that will dull or even damage the surface of stone countertops.Use coasters to protect your counters, especially if you'e drinking something with citrus juices or alcohol.
  • Do not place scalding hot pots or pans directly on your countertops.
  • Use mats or trivets to place under hot dishes.
  • If you spill liquid on your countertops, blot the spill with a paper towel ASAP. Wiping the spill will cause it to spread.
  • Use mild soap and plain water to clean up stains.

Which Colors and Materials Match Your Home's Aesthetics?

For many homeowners, this question is almost always top-of-mind. After all, you want to choose colors and materials that fit well with other features in your home. When selecting your countertop materials, try to choose a tone that contrasts with your other amenities, like your cabinets. Don't go for a perfect match. As an example, black granite is a beautiful contrast to white cabinets.

Consider these questions when choosing your countertop materials:
  • Are there one or two colors that you love more than others?
  • Does your choice go well with the color of your kitchen's walls?
  • Do you want to switch up your kitchen's style or keep it the same?
  • Will you be painting your kitchen a different color in the future?
  • Will you be replacing your appliances soon?
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Real Deal Countertops Pro Tip:

Because your home's accessories and paint job may change with time, your countertops should have a versatile color. That way, you won't have problems matching them with new paint colors or appliances.

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Countertop Remodeling Done Right

At Real Deal Countertops, our #1 priority is your satisfaction. Unlike some countertop companies in Holly Hill, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We strive for excellence with every transaction we complete and pledge to faithfully implement innovative techniques to ensure that our products remain affordable. With the help of Real Deal Countertops, remodeling your kitchen and bath will be painless and easy.

The appearance of a kitchen or bath depends on the right countertop selection, proper fabrication, and expert installation. Are you interested in granite countertops in Holly Hill, SC? Maybe quartzite is a better choice for your family. Whatever you choose, know that our skilled installers and fabricators will make a template so that all custom pieces fit perfectly in your home.

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Cam Scott chasing scoring record, helps Lexington boys advance in playoffs

Cam Scott didn’t know a lot about Shaq Roland when he arrived at Lexington, but he has done his research on the former Wildcat great.Scott is close to passing Roland in the school’s record books after his 29-point performance to help the Wildcats past Rock Hill, 81-49, on Saturday in the Class 5A playoffs.Lexington will host TL Hanna on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the third round.Scott has 1,765 career points, seven back of Roland’s mark of 1,772. Roland was a four-year starter on the basketball team and ...

Cam Scott didn’t know a lot about Shaq Roland when he arrived at Lexington, but he has done his research on the former Wildcat great.

Scott is close to passing Roland in the school’s record books after his 29-point performance to help the Wildcats past Rock Hill, 81-49, on Saturday in the Class 5A playoffs.

Lexington will host TL Hanna on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the third round.

Scott has 1,765 career points, seven back of Roland’s mark of 1,772. Roland was a four-year starter on the basketball team and one of the area’s most decorated two-sport athletes. He won 2011 SC Mr. Football and helped the Wildcats to a pair of state championship appearances in 2010 and 2012.

Roland signed with South Carolina to play football out of high school and finished his career at Winston-Salem State.

“I learned a lot about him. He was a superstar in football and basketball. So just following in his footsteps is something big,” Scott said of Roland.

Scott, who started as an eighth-grader, is one of the school’s most high-profile basketball players since Roland. He is a four-star prospect and ranked No. 27 by 247Sports Composite for the Class of 2024.

Scott is being heavily recruited by Power 5 programs, including South Carolina, and not close to making his college choice yet.

And he hopes to join Roland by getting to a title game. Lexington was preseason No. 1 and is in the third round for second straight year. This time, the game will be at home.

“It is going to be pretty special. We have been here before, but last year it was on the road,” Scott said. “Having the game at home, it is going to be something special.”

Lexington trailed early on against Rock Hill, but Coulter Bell got the Wildcats going with 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter to give Lexington a 15-14 lead after one.

Scott and Caleb Evans got things going after that. Scott had 19 of his 29 in the second half including a thunderous dunk down the middle of the lane as Lexington took control if the game.

Evans finished with 16 points.

Saturday

Class 5A

Lexington 81, Rock Hill 49

L: Cam Scott 29, Kaleb Evans 16, Coulter Bell 14, Figueroa 2, Prunty 8, Campbell 8, Byrd 2, Bowers 2.

River Bluff 50, St. James 46

RB: Omari Caldwell 15, Cromer 3, Renner 5, Chapman 9, Powell 9, Wright 5, Pitts 2, Bearden 2.

Class 2A

Gray Collegiate 95, Abbeville 45

GC: Avantae Parker 18, Treyvon Maddox 14, Braylhan Thomas 12

Eau Claire 65, Greer Middle College 52

EC: Sean Quick-Streeter 28, John Drake 11, Schofield 8, Hicks 7, Murray 3

Keenan 65, Saluda 47

SC: Watson 8, T. Mathis 4, Zion Wright 14, Amareyin Mathis 18, JT Lott 3. K: Brian Sumpter 12, King 9, Elam 8, Chrisean Oree 18, Anderson 4, McCullough 2, Jaylen Golston 10

Columbia 57, Landrum 54

C: Swinson 9, Aymir Caldwell 10, Buckley 9, Dashawn Smith 22, Wilson 5

Class A

CA Johnson at Christ Church

SCISA

Class 4A

Ben Lippen 78, Trinity Collegiate 53

BL: Braysen Stockman 20, Buzz Buxton 12, Helmadollar 6, M. Stockman 8, Samari Van Horn 15, Jones 9, Zetz 6, Little 2.

Porter-Gaud 53, Heathwood Hall 24

Class 3A

Oakbrook Prep 56, Northside Christian 53

NCA: Dane Sundell 15. OP: Chris Wilkins 21

Class A

Newberry Academy 40, Holly Hill Academy 34

SCHSL

Class 4A

Westwood 68, Hartsville 38

H: Jasmine Frierson 20, Fisher 3, Segars 2, Mitchell 5, Scott 6. W: Jessica Woods 16, Raven Johnson 12, Makiah Thompson 11, Destiny Omeire 10, Korletta Daniels 10, Branch 5, Graham-Brown 2

Ridge View 46, South Florence 43 (OT)

RV: Bailey 6, Banks 6, Destiny Drakeford 4, Waters 2, Jenkins 5, Anasia Harvey 10, Simone Johnson 15. SF: Cameron 8, Montgomery 8, Johnson 4, Jaz Lyde 16, Coleman 2, Baker 5

AC Flora 50, Bluffton 36

ACF: Terriana Gray 22, Trinity Delany 10, Wright-Thompson 9, Tam. Delaney 7, McCray 4.

Class 3A

Camden 84, Battery Creek 33

C: Joyce Edwards 27, Braylin Mungo 16, Tateyoina Harris 10, Carter 9, Jefferson 9, Champion 8, Jeffcoat 5. BC: Sophia Felix 10, Hutchinson 8, Daise 2,Wilson 2, Griffin 2, Wilson 1, Jefferson 1

Lower Richland 67, Marlboro County 42

MC: Peguero 6, Tysonia Lowe 20, Hairston 8, Barfield 4, Isaac 2, Miller 2. LR: Green 2, Chi’Nya Isaac 30, Tyra Floyd 10, Jhnai Sumter 15, Curry 3, Hiller 1

SCHSL

Monday

Class 4A Boys

Lucy Beckham at Irmo

Class 3A Boys

Lower Richland at Crestwood

Tuesday

Class 4A Girls

James Island at Westwood

Ridge View at AC Flora

Class 3A Girls

Loris at Camden

Crestwood at Lower Richland

Class 2A Girls

Fairfield Central at Gray Collegiate

Keenan at Silver Bluff

Wednesday

Class 5A Boys

TL Hanna at Lexington

River Bluff at Conway

Class 2A Boys

Eau Claire at Gray Collegiate

Columbia at Keenan

Class 5A Girls

Lexington at Mauldin

Dorman at Spring Valley

SCISA

Monday

Class 4A Girls

Augusta Christian vs. Heathwood Hall at Sumter Civic Center, 5 p.m.

Hammond vs. Northwood at Sumter Civic Center, 8 p.m.

Class A Girls

Cambridge vs. WW King at Ben Lippen, 5 p.m.

Tuesday

Class 4A Boys

Porter-Gaud vs. Hammond at Sumter Civic Center, 5 p.m.

Wilson Hall vs. Cardinal Newman at Sumter Civic Center, 8 p.m.

Ben Lippen vs. First Baptist at Sumter Civic Center, 6:30 p.m.

Class A Boys

Newberry Academy vs. Charleston Collegiate at TBD

Ragin Prep vs. Richard Winn at TBD

This story was originally published February 18, 2023, 10:30 PM.

'It's a game changer,' Holly Hill enters partnership with Eutawville to share costs

The town of Eutawville currently does not have its own sewage and uses a septic tank system.ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. — The town of Holly Hill is entering into a shared agreement with the town of Eutawville to share sewage costs.The plan would allow Holly Hill to run sewage pipes from Eutawville along Eutaw Road into the town of Holly Hill and treat its sewer system.“It’s a game changer for eastern Orangeburg County," said Holly ...

The town of Eutawville currently does not have its own sewage and uses a septic tank system.

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. — The town of Holly Hill is entering into a shared agreement with the town of Eutawville to share sewage costs.

The plan would allow Holly Hill to run sewage pipes from Eutawville along Eutaw Road into the town of Holly Hill and treat its sewer system.

“It’s a game changer for eastern Orangeburg County," said Holly Hill Mayor Billy Chavis.

Chavis says this partnership will help prepare both towns for growth coming to Eastern Orangeburg County, by increasing its sewage capacity.

“It made sense for us to at least reach out and get down to the bare bones of this agreement see if its once again financially feasible for us to give sewer to them so that Eutawville can express the same growth that Holly Hill’s gonna have," said Chavis.

The town of Eutawville currently does not have its own sewage and uses a septic tank system. Eutawville resident Melissa Garing says she would prefer to keep things how they are.

“I’m against it simply because we live in a small town. I like the small town feel, I like my well water. Septic tank is kind of a pain when you have to pump it out but it’s a small price to pay for not having so much growth and so much city life around us," said Garing.

It will be equally funded by both towns' general funds. Currently, the town of Holly Hill is under a one-year short term utility agreement with Envirolink. By the first quarter of next year, Mayor Chavis is hoping the town will receive South Carolina Infrastructure Improvement Funding to decide their next steps.

Eutawville resident Jerry Robertson says he moved from Charleston seven years ago to escape urban development.

“The cost of a sewer plant is gonna take our valuable farmland which is currently growing food, textiles, lumber, soy products, it’s gonna take that farmland and it’s gonna turn it into subdivisions, it’s gonna get paved over, and built over," said Robertson.

American Engineering Consultants, LLC will conduct a feasibility study by the end of the month. This will determine how both towns will proceed with this partnership.

Holly Hill golf course rezoning request advances, some residents oppose

Residents urge those who want to preserve the golf course to show their support at the next council meeting on September 6.HOLLY HILL, S.C. — Orangeburg County Council is advancing a request to rezone the Holly Hill golf course into a residential subdivision. Some residents are in opposition to this proposed development....

Residents urge those who want to preserve the golf course to show their support at the next council meeting on September 6.

HOLLY HILL, S.C. — Orangeburg County Council is advancing a request to rezone the Holly Hill golf course into a residential subdivision. Some residents are in opposition to this proposed development.

“This whole community plays golf there and we have members from across the state. I hate to see that gone just for the sake of building houses," said resident Sam Chance.

The council had its second reading of the rezoning ordinance at its August 15 meeting.

Chance has been golfing at the Holly Hill Golf Course for more than 15 years. He says the course has a long-standing history in Holly Hill. According to Chance, it was built in 1957 by local farmers. Over the years, it became a local landmark for recreation and community.

“We had a group of 25-30 people show up twice a week to play golf on the golf course and we had a great time," said Chance.

Chance says he was golfing at the course the day it unexpectedly closed in July.

“They fired the workers, the employees of the golf course at the same time with no notice and as far as I know today nobody has been reimbursed for dues and the employees who had been fired had not been paid," he said.

Some residents say the request to build 106 homes on the property is something that could create traffic issues along Old State Road and deprive the town of a major tourist attraction.

“There’s subdivisions being built all over so why take away the one draw that those people would have that would be moving into that subdivision, why take away the only draw in recreation that’s here for them," said Sam's wife Susie Chance.

They encourage residents who want to preserve the golf course to show their support at the next Orangeburg County council meeting on September 6.

“The people who have been in Holly Hill all of their lives. I would hope would show up and help support the golf course. That’s out of our hands. Could only ask," said Chance.

The September 6 meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Orangeburg County Council Chambers. People who would like to take part in the public input are encouraged to arrive early.

Holcim and Geocycle accelerate green growth

Geocycle and Holcim have been paving the way for using low-carbon alternative fuels to reduce carbon emissions and divert industrial by-product waste from landfill. The US and Canada, in particular, have seen major developments from recent new investment by Holcim and Geocycle.In 2022 Geocycle LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Holcim (US) Inc, claims that it prevented approximately 1.7Mt of waste in the USA going to landfill. It has targeted the provision of finding sustainable solutions for more than 5Mta of waste in its North Americ...

Geocycle and Holcim have been paving the way for using low-carbon alternative fuels to reduce carbon emissions and divert industrial by-product waste from landfill. The US and Canada, in particular, have seen major developments from recent new investment by Holcim and Geocycle.

In 2022 Geocycle LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Holcim (US) Inc, claims that it prevented approximately 1.7Mt of waste in the USA going to landfill. It has targeted the provision of finding sustainable solutions for more than 5Mta of waste in its North American operations by 2030. The company currently operates 21 preprocessing and co-processing facilities across North America, including its affiliate Systech Environmental Corp. Geocycle is also the leading promoter of coal combustion products (CCP) in the region using fly ash, bottom ash, synthetic gypsum, pond ash, landfilled ash and slag in co-processing. Holcim US has 13 cement plants with internally controlled CCP use options for alternative raw material consumption. Geocycle also carries out research at its Holly Hill Research Center in South Carolina, USA, and at Holcim’s Innovation Centre in Lyon, France.

As part of these green growth efforts, this week Holcim and Geocycle USA announced the completion of the new alternative fuel feed project at Holcim’s Holly Hill cement plant, South Carolina. Geocycle invested approximately US$10m to design and build the new waste recycling capacities to co-process non-recyclable plastic, fibre and expired consumer products during cement production. This will allow the Holly Hill plant to increase the amounts of alternative fuels being used. Combined with the previous capabilities, the plant is now able to replace up to 80 per cent of fossil fuel use with lower-carbon options. Moreover, the project will further reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by 36,000tpa. This is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 595,263 tree seedlings grown for 10 years, says Geocycle.

The Holly Hill project follows the recent investment at the Ravena cement plant in New York, which began its waste fuel project with Geocycle in August 2021. This was a government-funded study to see how the cement plant can use construction waste from the US Army Corps as potential fuel for cement kilns. Geocycle also looked at ways they can recycle the waste into new cement. The US Army Corps Engineer's Engineer Research and Development Center spent US$3.4m on the study.

"The partnership with the US Army Corps of engineers will help us better understand this material and see how we can create a circular economy programme leading to a zero-waste future," said Jocelyn Gerst, Holcim US spokesperson.

In addition, Holcim US, Geocycle and CenterPoint Energy Inc announced in December 2022 that they were embarking on a major milestone in their multiyear initiative to recover and recycle more than 6Mt of coal ash for beneficial reuse in producing cement at Holcim's flagship cement plant in Ste Genevieve, Missouri. They invested a combined US$80m in infrastructure to remove, process, transport, store and recycle coal ash produced at CenterPoint Energy's AB Brown generating station in Evansville, Indiana. The Houston-based company operates two coal-fired generation plants in southwestern Indiana. The coal ash will reduce the cement plant’s consumption of natural materials, such as clay and sand.

In the same month, Geocycle LLC acquired CM Rubber Technologies Inc, the largest tyre recycler in northern Michigan, as part of its ongoing commitment to create a zero waste future and accelerate green growth. The acquisition will allow Geocycle to provide a sustainable waste management solution to northern Michigan through co-processing used tyres to recover energy and divert waste from landfills.

Additionally, it will deliver a stable source of lower emissions fuels for the Alpena cement plant, in Alpena, MI, which recently broke ground on a 22,000tpa whole-tyre co-processing line. By early 2023, the Alpena plant will begin to co-process tyres from the Geocycle Coleman facility, reducing CO2 emissions and delivering a low-carbon, circular economy model for the region.

New Canadian initiativeMeanwhile, Lafarge Canada (Holcim Group) and TransAlta Corp entered into an agreement in January 2023 to advance low-carbon concrete projects in Alberta. The newest project will repurpose landfilled fly ash from TransAlta's Canadian coal-fired electricity operations west of Edmonton, which ended in 2021. The ash will be used to replace cement in concrete manufacturing.

However, to be used in concrete landfilled fly ash must first go through a beneficiation process. Therefore, the project will use the Ash-TEK Ponded Ash Beneficiation System (PABS) technology, which consistently produced high quality ash during trials and proved to have a low-carbon footprint and an economical operating cost. Lafarge will deploy this unique approach to the process, removing moisture from the ash, milling it, and removing excess carbon, ensuring that it meets regulatory standards and market expectations.

Geocycle will also join the initiative. The organisation brings experience in managing millions of tonnes of fly ash in the US. "Landfilled fly ash sometimes has too much carbon, which affects how much air there is in the concrete," commented Sophie Wu, head of Geocycle, North America.

1Mta of alternative fuel usage surpassedWhile Geocycle and Holcim's growing efforts to build circular economies, improve sustainability and increase recycling in North America have been highlighted, this week there was also a reminder that southeast Asia has equally embraced this transition. Holcim Philippines Inc announced that it converted around 1Mt of qualified wastes into alternative fuels and raw materials for cement production in 2022. Among the beneficiaries of the company's circular economy drive are 35 municipalities and cities across the Philippines that were able to divert waste away from landfills.

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Holly Hill airport lands ‘Outer Banks’; Netflix teen drama films in area

“Every exposure we can get is great!” Holly Hill Mayor Billy Chavis said.Crews were working at the airport from early in the morning until late at night Tuesday.They were filming season three of “Outer Banks,” a reference to the barrier islands of North Carolina.Each episode of Outer Banks is centered on the storyline: “On an island of haves and have-nots, teen John B. enlists his three best friends to hunt for a legendary treasure linked to his father’s disappearance,” according...

“Every exposure we can get is great!” Holly Hill Mayor Billy Chavis said.

Crews were working at the airport from early in the morning until late at night Tuesday.

They were filming season three of “Outer Banks,” a reference to the barrier islands of North Carolina.

Each episode of Outer Banks is centered on the storyline: “On an island of haves and have-nots, teen John B. enlists his three best friends to hunt for a legendary treasure linked to his father’s disappearance,” according to its official description on the Netflix website.

The series’ first season aired in 2020. It stars Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline and Madison Bailey, among others. It’s created by Josh Pate, Jonas Pate and Shannon Burke.

Harrison Katz, assistant to producer Carole Peterman of Narrow Isle Productions, said the Holly Hill location best matched the storywriters’ descriptions.

“We take what’s on the script and try to find places that match what the writers write,” Katz said.

“And that’s how we landed on that one,” he said about Holly Hill.

What attracted directors to the airport and field was the grass landing strip with trees lining both sides, Katz said.

Featured at Tuesday’s filming was a Skyvan aircraft, Katz said.

It was difficult to get the aircraft reserved for filming opportunities, he said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the 1982-built Short Brothers SC-7-3A model is the only model registered in the United States.

It’s a fixed-wing double-engine aircraft that seats 20 people.

The Skyvan is noted for its boxy construction.

Katz said the script called for a 1970s style Skyvan.

He noted the planes are often associated with skydiving, military uses and transporting cargo.

Early Monday morning, Kimmie Stewart Casting, the agency working to hire extra cast members for Outer Banks, posted on social media that they were seeking individuals for the roles of a South American worker (Latino males ages 25 and up) and South American locals (Latin Americans of any gender ages 18 and up).

The grassy parking area in front of Solid Rock International Ministries church, located at 9007 Old State Road, just outside of the town limits, was full of cars, trucks and travel RVs for cast and crew all day on Tuesday.

Vans shuttled cast and crew to and from the airport, just a short distance away, throughout the day and night on Tuesday.

Chavis said he appreciates the kindness of the church’s pastor, Bishop Donald Howell.

A month ago, Carolina Film Alliance President Linda Lee visited Holly Hill “to do some scouting” for possible film recording locations, Chavis said. Then this past Thursday, the CFA called saying it needed the town’s help.

Chavis said the town acted quickly to work out legal details in time for filming at the first of this week.

He said there were approximately 120 to 130 crew members on hand for Tuesday’s filming.

“It’s about hospitality,” Chavis said.

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