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Unit of Italy's biggest cement maker stops Sicily work amid fears of Mafia infiltration

Unit of Italy's biggest cement maker stops Sicily work amid fears of Mafia infiltration

A subsidiary of Italcementi SpA, Italy's biggest cement maker, has suspended its operations in Sicily amid fears of Mafia infiltration, officials said Wednesday.
Prosecutors in Caltanisetta launched an investigation into "irregularities" reported by the subsidiary, Calcestruzzi, that eventually prompted the unit to suspend activity at its seven factories on the island, the Bergamo-based Calcestruzzi said in a statement.
Calcestruzzi said it had appointed three outside experts, including a former anti-Mafia prosecutor, to oversee new procedures at the company and underscore its opposition to any collusion with organized crime, the statement said.
A spokesman for Italcementi, Francesco Galimberti, said the decision to halt the unit's Sicily activities was made because the company feared possible Mafia infiltration. Disciplinary action is foreseen against those employees who did not respect company policy, he said in an e-mail.
Operations at the Sicily plants will resume only after stringent procedures and controls are put in place, the statement said.
Calcestruzzi is a unit of Italcementi Group, the world's fifth largest cement producer with an annual production capacity of about 70 million tons of cement. The group's parent, Italcementi SpA, is one of Italy's 10 largest industrial companies.


Updated : 2021-06-25 09:01 GMT+08:00