VALLEY CITY, N.D.-Lafarge North America, a cement, aggregate and concrete business, has signed a deal to build a cement transloading facility in Williston.

The storage facility and terminal on a new rail spur on the east side of Williston will allow the company to better serve customers amid growing demand for construction materials in the Dakotas, supporting 30,000 tons of cement storage moving into the area.

Lafarge's cement is used in the Oil Patch to stabilize soil for roads and extraction sites, and for drilling. It is also critical to serving the growing population with infrastructure, housing, schools and hospitals.

New Frontier LLC is the developer of the East Valley Rail project.

Roy Sander, general manager of Lafarge Dakotas, said the facility will relieve truck traffic from U.S. Highway 2.

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Lafarge North America has nearly 200 industrial and distribution sites and an estimated 2,500 employees in 39 states. Lafarge Group employs 63,000 people in 61 countries.