Building materials company and port tenant CEMEX USA
says it is making improvements to its cement terminal at the Port of Palm Beach as part of the process to recommission the operation later this year and further strengthen its supply chain to service its Florida customers.
CEMEX’s Port of Palm Beach Terminal, which has been inactive for more than 13 years, is currently in its first phase of improvements as part of CEMEX’s overall global growth initiative. The terminal is expected to resume operations this summer, providing a critical addition to CEMEX’s strong Florida network and a cement delivery hub for customers across the state.
CEMEX leases approximately 111,000 sq. ft. of Port owned land for the terminal located west of slip 3 in the port. Silos at the site are designed to hold bulk cement. In preparation of the recommissioning, CEMEX welcomed a shipment of imported product via ship on Feb. 26.
“The resumption of the CEMEX terminal provides the Port with positive economic growth. We expect to see an increase in vessel calls and cargo tonnage once CEMEX’s operation is back in full swing,” Port of Palm Beach board chairman Joseph Anderson said in March 5 statement.
“Florida continues to grow, and with our network inside the state and globally, CEMEX is well-positioned to support that growth,” said executive vice-president—Logistics Matt Wild. “We are excited to resume operations at a well-located facility that will enhance our supply chain and benefit our customers by providing an additional option for their cement needs.”
The recent shipment exemplifies Port tenant collaboration with Host Agency being the ship agent. Future shipments are expected to help the Port and CEMEX to further build ties with the community by providing future employment opportunities.
CEMEX is the largest supplier of building materials in the state of Florida offering products including cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete and concrete block. The company’s Florida network includes three cement plants and more than 10 strategically located cement terminals throughout the state to service customers.