Local Cement Company Expanding To Keep Up With High Demand 6/7/13
June 7, 2013
A long time cement plant in Odessa can’t load cement fast enough to get it to their customers as demand for cement around the Basin grows.
"With the market growing we're currently importing around three hundred thousand tons of cement form sister plants," said Sarah Engdhal, the Director of Communications for Cemex.
Cemex says they are expanding their plant to increase their output by almost 50 percent. The facility is so busy they operate 24/7, 365 days a year.
"We're doing just about everything we can do out of this facility," said Bruce Dallimore, the Plant Manger.
A group of cement trailers sit that near the loading station are actually operated by construction companies. Demand is so high for cement that the trailers are left there to be filled during off hours so that there is a constant supply of concrete.
One of those trailers is sitting on Wallach Concrete’s property, ready to be dropped off of for another load. Wallach is one of Cemex's customers. They mix cement with sand and other materials to make different grades of concrete.
"Cement to concrete is what bread is to flour," said Walter Ziemann, the Plant Manger for Wallach Concrete Inc.
He says the expansion at Cemex will help his company, who is already pushed to the limit.
"The more you get on the ground the better for everybody...the quicker you can get on to the next load," he said.
So while Cemex expands their plant, trucks flock to the loading station to get a hold of one of the Basin's most precious commodities.