Titan's cement plant is located just outside of Roanoke, Virginia. After talking to some of the plant's neighbors, it seems the plant's presence is anything but titanic. Titan's Virginia cement plant lies just outside downtown Roanoke, about the same distance Castle Hayne is from downtown Wilmington. But in the Star City, the cement plant is far from center stage. We asked some of the locals what they thought about the cement plant. “Cement plant...?” said one local resident. Lilian Meidlinger was a little clueless as well. “Oh dear, I don't know anything about the cement plant. “ The plant does not seem to affect those in downtown Roanoke, and those who live right next door say they haven't seen much impact either. Marty and Terri Gillian live about a quarter mile from the plant. “Anytime they're doing mining activities, it can be within a quarter mile of our house. We really don't hear a lot from what they do,” the Gillians said. Even Bill Potter, who’s property connects to the plant, said he has seen a big difference since Titan took over in the early nineties. “We would get a big dusting, but after they have taken over they have made improvements, it's nothing like it was twenty years ago.” Donna Henderson's family has lived near the plant for more than a hundred years and she has one complaint. “They do have some going out in trucks, and the trucks are on the highway around the clock.” Some days are quiet, but plant manager Kevin Baird said that is not always the case. “Here in Roanoke you can have anywhere from 50 trucks a day to 100 trucks a day.” With Roanoke cement tucked away on Catabwa Road, residents say sometimes the only way they remember its there, is when they hold a community event. Residents say when the plant blasts to loosen rock, they can hear the rumbles, but Titan employees notified them long before it was going to occur. The Gillian's said when that happens there is a loud noise, but it is over quickly. Tomorrow, we'll have a look at the potential environmental, economic, and health impacts of the cement plant here in the Wilmington area.
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