Monarch Portland Cement Company was founded in 1908
and reorganized in 1913 as The Monarch Cement Company.
A commitment to quality and excellence has been a
tradition of Monarch Cement since H.F.G. Wulf was
appointed receiver of the company in 1913. Together
with August C. Kreitzer, Wulf reorganized the defunct
company, incorporated The Monarch Cement Company,
and turned the plant into a thriving business.
For more than 100 years the employees of Monarch have
worked hard to produce the highest quality cement
for its customers in the Midwest. In 1913, the plant
had an annual cement capacity of 1.5 million barrels,
or 282,000 tons. Today Monarch has the capacity
to produce 1,300,000 tons of cement a year. That growth
is the result of a series of improvements based on
Monarch's ability to take advantage of advances in
During the early years, Monarch's quarry was a man-and-mule
powered operation. The raw materials needed for the
production of cement were hand loaded into mule-drawn
cars. By 1920, however, the mules had been replaced
by 8-ton steam engines and hand loading had given
way to a steam-driven shovel that moved on rail sections.
Today, the quarry is operated using two 7-cubic yard
front-end loaders, 50-ton trucks, and conveyors. Progress
from mule power to heavy truck power is only part
of Monarch's story.
Industry has entered the computer
age, and Monarch has not fallen behind. Using
X-ray technology, Monarch personnel are able to
perform several tests in a matter of seconds assuring
the uniform quality of the final product. Better
control of quality and production has increased
efficiency and kept costs down.
In the early 1980's, Monarch installed
a roller mill which combines three production processes
into one. The roller mill processes 3 to 4 inch
diameter raw material into powder, at a rate of
up to 260 tons per hour; eliminating the need to
crush the limestone to 3/4 inch size in a hammer
mill, dry the shale in a natural gas fired rotary
dryer, and then grind the combined raw materials
into powder in ball mills outfitted with natural
gas fired furnaces for drying. The roller mill accomplishes
all three processes using waste heat from kilns
for the drying operation.