Ash Grove cement company expands import capacity

Ash Grove cement company expands import capacity
Published: 13 January 2006

Ash Grove Cement Company has announced it has acquired an import terminal facility from Goldendale Aluminum on the Willamette River in Portland that the company will use to supply its customers in the greater Northwest United States as well as some inland markets.
“This new acquisition will give Ash Grove greater supply flexibility and enable us to provide an additional supply of portland cement to our customers,” said Charlie Sunderland, Ash Grove’s chairman and CEO. “This added capacity will allow us to provide a much-needed
product in areas with growing economies.”

The Goldendale terminal, with a storage capacity of 54,000t, will be connected to Ash Grove’s adjacent terminal on North Port Center Way. Once operational, the combined facilities will have a total storage capacity of 72,000t, enabling Ash Grove to annually supply up to 800,000t of cement.  The terminal will be supplied by oceangoing vessels of handymax size. Ash Grove anticipates the new terminal facility will be distributing cement by Fall 2006. Along with cement distribution, Ash Grove will manage the distribution of alumina on behalf of Goldendale.