In 2011, the "Odra" S.A. cement mill has celebrated its 100th anniversary. It is the oldest active factory specializing in the manufacture of cement in Poland. Jubilee celebrations were divided into two parts - a festive gala in Opole Philharmonic and Open Days at the cement mill itself.
The official part was dignified with a visit of the Opole Governor - Ryszard Wilczynski, Marshal of the Opole Voivodeship - Józef Sebst and of the Mayor of Opole city - Ryszard Zembaczyński. Invitation was also accepted by the Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Opole - Peter Eck and bishop of the Opole city, Fr. Andrzej Czaja. In total, the celebration was attended by about 500 guests - co-workers, customers, suppliers, partners, representatives of the cement industry, science, culture, arts and former employees of the Cement Mill.
The main character of the ceremony was Hans Hugo Miebach - Chairman of the Supervisory Board and the initiator of the privatization process of the Cement Mill in the 90's. He took the honourable "Badge of Merit for the Opole Voivodeship" from hands of the Marshall. During the ceremony, also the State and industry awards were handed to the deserving employees of the Cement Mill. The highlight of the evening was a concert by the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra of J. Elsner in Opole.
The unofficial part included Open Days in the Cement Mill. On that date, the Cement Mill Management Board has invited the inhabitants of the region as well as cement mill's partners and employees with families to its premises . A group guides guided the persons interested around the premises - explaining the process of cement production and showing changes introduced in the cement mill in recent years. After the tour, participants took part in the festivities. The program included - among others - performances of the mining brass band of "Warta" S.A. Cement Mill, music and dance performances of the Youth Culture House in Kluczbork, competitions for children and young people, awards ceremony for the winners of the art competition "100 YEARS OFTHE ODRA CEMENT MILL" and prizes drawing among all participants.
Odra SA Cement Mill continually reduces its impact on the environment. Modernization of equipment, changes in technology and the use of a significant part of industrial waste for other activity can satisfy the most stringent requirements for the protection of the environment.