U.S. Cement Production to Expand Considerably

April 2006 » Business Briefs
According to the Portland Cement Association (PCA), by the year 2010, U.S. cement plants will have expanded their capacity by nearly 18 percent. The PCA reports that U.S. cement companies are currently engaged in an aggressive, $3.6-billion expansion that will increase clinker capacity by 16.2 million metric tons within the next four years. "The United States construction industry is ready to digest this large increase in capacity," said Ed Sullivan, chief economist for PCA. "Regions with a vibrant economic base dominate the location of plant expansions and the related escalation in private, commercial, and public infrastructure construction will require additional materials." For example, PCA says that the Mountain region (Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado) accounts for 26 percent of total capacity expansions, while the Central region is expected to have the largest number of capacity expansions-37 percent of planned increases. Further, the Mississippi River allows plants in this area to access a broad market.

According to the Portland Cement Association (PCA), by the year 2010, U.S. cement plants will have expanded their capacity by nearly 18 percent. The PCA reports that U.S. cement companies are currently engaged in an aggressive, $3.6-billion expansion that will increase clinker capacity by 16.2 million metric tons within the next four years.

"The United States construction industry is ready to digest this large increase in capacity," said Ed Sullivan, chief economist for PCA. "Regions with a vibrant economic base dominate the location of plant expansions and the related escalation in private, commercial, and public infrastructure construction will require additional materials."

For example, PCA says that the Mountain region (Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado) accounts for 26 percent of total capacity expansions, while the Central region is expected to have the largest number of capacity expansions-37 percent of planned increases. Further, the Mississippi River allows plants in this area to access a broad market.


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