Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) of America hosted a kickoff party for its US$225m cement plant Monday. Federico Terrazas of Mexico, chairman of the board of - GCC of America’s parent corporation - attended the luncheon event at the plant site south of Pueblo.
At the event, Grupo Cementos also announced plans to make a substantial gift to benefit the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk expansion. Details were not immediately announced but Terrazas hinted the company may help with the cement needed for the expansion.
Terrazas told the audience the event was an important celebratory milestone in keeping with GCC of America’s partnership with Pueblo on the cement plant.
"Today is a very special day for Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua," Terrazas said. "All of us at GCC have worked hard to transform an idea into a plan, a plan into a project and a project into a cement plant. A plant that next year will be serving the needs of the people of Pueblo and from Colorado for many years to come.
Without the support, he said, the cement plant, due to begin production in the second half of 2007, would have never reached the point where construction is under way,
Terrazas said the plant will produce 1Mta of cement and is designed to be the company’s "flagship facility - among the best of its kind worldwide."
Some 450 constructors are expected to work on building the cement plant at the peak of construction. When operational, the plant will employ 85 permanent jobs, according to GCC.