Cemex USA announced it is expanding its strong Southern California network with plans for a state-of-the-art rail-served distribution terminal in Los Angeles and a new aggregate loading system at its quarry in Victorville, Calif., to bring high-quality aggregates to metro Los Angeles and surrounding communities. The terminal is designed to accommodate the increase in construction projects across the region.
“The Los Angeles metro area continues to grow, and Cemex USA continues to be a major part of that growth,” Cemex USA’s West Region President Eric Wittmann said. “With our Victorville Cement Plant and our integrated network of more than 20 strategically-located Southern California ready mix plants and five aggregate quarries, this planned addition to our capability demonstrates our commitment to building a better future in the communities we operate.”
The new terminal in Bell, Calif., approximately seven miles south of downtown Los Angeles, is designed to receive aggregates transported by rail from the Cemex White Mountain quarry in Victorville, Calif., approximately 100 miles away. With an expected completion in late 2017, the distribution terminal will be centrally located near several of the area’s main freeways, decreasing customer travel time and costs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from trucking.
An automated load-out system is planned for the 14-acre terminal to further expedite the delivery process. Additionally, Cemex has planned updates to the rail line’s infrastructure and several other enhancements to the quarry in Victorville, including a new aggregate loading system, in an effort to increase the quarry’s efficiency in delivering aggregates across the region.
Cemex is uniquely positioned to meet the construction needs in Southern California with its abundance of reserves in Victorville, which offers limestone aggregates with superior performance compared to other aggregates produced in the Los Angeles Basin. The high-grade limestone meets the new Modulus of Elasticity (MOE) building specifications in Los Angeles and the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) road specifications.
“ Cemex has helped solve infrastructure and construction challenges in Southern California for more than 100 years,” said Ignacio Madridejos, president of Cemex USA. “This significant project reaffirms Cemex’s continued commitment to Southern California, and will allow premium aggregates to be delivered right where they are needed most. We are proud to contribute to the sustainable development of the Los Angeles Basin for many generations to come.”