In response to a lowered demand for cement, GCC Rio Grande Portland Cement in Tijeras is extending its annual two-week shutdown period, usually reserved for maintenance, to approximately one month.
The plant typically produces about 500,000t of cement each year, but that number will vary according to demand for the product. So far this year, the demand has been lower, so the company plans to concentrate its efforts on shipping the excess product out, which it will concentrate on while the employees are off work, he said. After that, the plant will begin producing cement as usual.
"Everything is contingent on the market," Saegart said. "It’s affected by the recession. … As that improves, our shipment level will get back to more normal levels."