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Pavilion Technologies Helps Capitol Cement Boost Production in Sold-Out Market.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions, has installed its multi-variable model predictive control cement solution on a pre-calciner dry kiln for San Antonio, Texas-based Capitol Aggregates, Ltd. (Capitol Cement). Initial data from the project shows improvements consistent with those of previous installations of Pavilion's solution on two multi-grade cement mills at the facility.

"Pavilion's control solutions continue to deliver measurable results that have a definite impact on our plant's profitability," said Tom Spaits, plant manager for Capitol Cement. "Pavilion delivers a solution with a short implementation time and a quick return on investment."

Since commissioning in May, Capitol has realized the following benefits from the dry kiln project:

--Improved process stability that allows for maximum utilization of production capacity;

--Reduced energy consumption; and

--Decreased NOx emissions.

Pavilion's advanced process control solutions address pressing needs in the cement industry. With global shortages, cement manufacturers are able to quickly boost production capacity to capitalize on demand. Simultaneously, the control solution enables manufacturers to drive down energy costs and NOx emissions. Companies are able to run more profitability, while simultaneously reducing green house gases.

"We are pleased with the continued success that Capitol experiences with our technology," said Pavilion President Ralph Carter. "We strive to deliver this kind of value each day for our customers, and we look forward to identifying other ways we can help Capitol achieve its business goals."

Process Perfecter(R) software unifies the control and optimization disciplines into a single solution, providing closed-loop dynamic control for increased performance of continuous process manufacturing facilities. With Process Perfecter, Capitol is able to improve the operational stability and efficiency of their dry kiln and mills. The robustness of Process Perfecter is demonstrated by the continued operator acceptance and use through changing process conditions.

About Capitol Cement

Capitol Cement has a production capacity of 900,000 tons per year and uses state-of-the-art equipment to deliver premium quality cement products to its customers. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Capitol Cement is affiliated with Zachry Construction Corporation. Zachry is a privately held construction company, headquartered in San Antonio. Founded in 1924, Zachry is a leading U.S. construction company, with sales of $1.2 billion, and more than 12,000 employees in 2003. The company provides a wide array of services including construction, project development, construction management and industrial maintenance to both domestic and international customers.

About Pavilion Technologies (www.pavtech.com)

Pavilion Technologies is the leading developer of advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions. Pavilion's ValueFirst(TM) customer relationship methodology aligns the company's people, products and processes to deliver rapid and recurring value for their customers. More than 350 leading companies worldwide, including ATOFINA, BP, Eastman Chemicals, Fonterra, Nestle and Weyerhauser depend on Pavilion's solutions to increase yield, enhance product quality, reduce variable costs and achieve environmental compliance each day. Pavilion Technologies is a privately held company based in Austin, Texas, with offices serving every region of the world.
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