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The 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 technology.

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 By 1920, however, the mules had been replaced by 8-ton steam engines and hand loading had given way to a steam-driven shovel that moved on rail sections.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.


H.F.G. Wulf

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.

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449 1200 Street
P.O. Box 1000
Humboldt, KS 66748-0900
(620) 473-2222



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