PROVIDENCE, R.I (WPRI) — Executives at McInnis Cement celebrated the groundbreaking of their first U.S terminal in the Port of Providence on Tuesday.
According to a news release, the company was joined by the Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, City Council President Luis Aponte, ProvPort Board Chair Paul Moura and members of the Rhode Island business community for the commencement.
“Thanks to the partnerships we’ve developed with state and city officials, our high-quality product will be able to efficiently and dependably reach customers throughout New England – an area that currently and routinely in the past has had challenges with reliable supply,” said Jim Braselton, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Distribution for McInnis.
The cement company says that the deep-water port will be greatly benefit the New England construction market. The terminal’s facility will also reportedly have the capacity to load about 100 trucks and around 10 rail cars a day full of cement.
McInnis is the first cement company to build a new plant to serve the New England area in more than 50 years, stated the news release.
“Our new plant will also put McInnis at the industry’s forefront by redefining the way cement is made, and taking a greener approach to the process to reduce the environmental impact for each ton of cement produced,” Braselton added.
The news release stated that the location of the terminal has been strategically placed on an area with limestone and will be capable of producing 2.2 million metric tons of cement.
McInnis estimates directly hiring 10 employees, and creating 30-40 construction related jobs.
The plant is expected to be complete by this winter.