A unique deep-water port that provides access to large, ocean-going ships, the Providence terminal will serve the entire New England construction market, including the metropolitan areas of Providence and Boston as well as the rest of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, City Council President Luis Aponte, ProvPort Board Chair Paul Moura and members of the Rhode Island business community joined McInnis Cement executives to celebrate officially breaking ground at the new cement company's first U.S. terminal in the Port of Providence on Aug. 2, 2016. The overall cost of the project is expected to reach $22 million when completed, estimated for this coming winter.
A unique deep-water port that provides access to large, ocean-going ships, the Providence terminal will serve the entire New England construction market, including the metropolitan areas of Providence and Boston as well as the rest of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. McInnis will deliver ships with payloads of more than 33,000 tons (30,000 t) to the Providence terminal from the company's plant in Port-Daniel–Gascons, Canada. The terminal's facility will have the capacity to load about 100 trucks and around 10 railcars per day with cement.
“We are proud to commence construction of our first terminal in the United States in the Port of Providence,” said Jim Braselton, senior vice president, marketing, sales and distribution of McInnis. “Thanks to the partnerships we've developed with state and city officials, our high-quality product will be able to efficiently and dependably reach customers throughout New England — an area that currently and routinely in the past has had challenges with reliable supply.”
McInnis is the first cement company to build a new plant that will serve New England in more than 50 years.
“The plant, strategically located in an area rich with limestone, is capable of producing 2.2 million metric tons of cement every year, which will meet the need for greater production in the U.S.,” said Braselton. “Our new plant will also put McInnis at the industry's forefront by redefining the way cement is made, and taking a greener approach to the process to reduce the environmental impact for each ton of cement produced.”
Construction will begin shortly on the existing ProvPort warehouse, which will be transformed into a world-class receiving and storing facility. McInnis will also build a modern rail and truck station for loading purposes.
When the Providence terminal becomes operational, McInnis will directly hire up to 10 employees, including stevedores, as well as marine and trucking-related jobs. About 30 to 40 construction-related jobs also will be available while the ship-receiving facilities are being constructed.
McInnis Cement is a privately-held company with corporate headquarters in Quebec, Canada, and United States headquarters in Stamford, Conn.
The company's plant in Port-Daniel–Gascons, Canada, is one of the largest industrial projects currently under construction in eastern North America and the first new cement plant to be built in North America in more than 50 years.
McInnis Cement is constructing a deep-water marine terminal, adjacent to the plant, with plans to open other terminals strategically located in the United States and Canada. This will allow products to be shipped quickly and efficiently to markets along the East Coast and the entire perimeter of the Atlantic Ocean.
As the newest entrant to the North American cement market, the company's goal is to supply its customers with superior-quality products that are consistently produced and reliably distributed, based on sustainable development principles.
The use of advanced technology will enable the McInnis cement plant to meet if not exceed the most stringent environmental standards, making its ecological footprint one of the smallest in the cement industry.
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