Votorantim Cimentos plans to build a cement plant in Houston County, but startup of the plant is about three years away.
The company, to be called Houston American Cement, is a subsidiary of Votorantim Cimentos North America, which has cement plants in Florida and Canada, said Dan Fritz, CEO of Houston American Cement.
Due primarily to environmental and mining permit requirements, Fritz said construction likely wouldn’t start until summer, 2008, which would put the startup in early 2010. The plant would be located on 1,950 acres of land off A.E. Harris Road off Ga. 247, adjacent to Cemex, also a cement plant.
The site was chosen, Fritz said, because of a rich limestone deposit needed to make the cement. Cement is the dry powder that smaller ready-mix plants use to make concrete.
"We are very excited about this opportunity," Fritz said. "We think we can ad a lot of value to the area as well being a good corportate citizen."