Cemex announced that it will permanently shut down its Davenport cement plant and quarry on Santa Cruz County’s North Coast.
The factory, which has been in operation for 133 years, had closed temporarily in March 2009 because of the weak national economy. Company officials said the plant would re-open when the demand for cement improved, but notice given to employees today indicates otherwise.
"Unfortunately, market conditions have not improved and the company has made the very difficult decision to permanently shut down operations," wrote Cemex Vice President of Humans Resources John Andrews in a letter to employees.
The facility employed about 120 people. The plant was by far the biggest empoloyer and social mainstay in the small town of Davenport.