Rep. Sewell tours CEMEX plant during open house
CEMEX hosted an open house Thursday morning for public officials to come to the plant and learn about the cement-making process and what the company is doing to have a minimal impact on the environment.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, Demopolis Mayor Mike Grayson, Marengo County Economic Development Authority Director Brenda Tuck, Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese, representatives from the Alabama Department of Transportation and other officials attended the open house.
Sewell recently joined the cement caucus in Washington, D.C.
“I am proud to represent this industry in the caucus,” Sewell said. “I want to help expand the brand.”
Major Ogilvie, general manager of Ready Mix USA in Birmingham, a CEMEX company, said Alabama is the fifth-largest cement producer in the United States.
He added that the members and staff of CEMEX wanted to thank Sewell for the work she does in Washington.
“We go to great lengths to compliment Rep. Sewell on what she does,” he said. “Her votes go with what’s best for the state of Alabama. She joined the cement caucus, and we’re very grateful for her support. She helps educate and inform people about our industry.”
James Burden, procurement manager of the CEMEX Demopolis plant, said CEMEX appreciates Sewell’s leadership in Washington.
Burden also gave a presentation outlining CEMEX’s day-to-day operations. The CEMEX Demopolis plant has been in operation since 1901 with present-day facilities beginning production in 1978. It produces approximately 1.1 million tons of cement each year.
Burden added that CEMEX Demopolis uses alternative fuels, such as peanut shells, woodchips, tree bark and tire fluff for environmental benefits that include reduced emissions and energy costs and a decreased dependence of fossil fuels.
Tuck said working with existing industries is important for MCEDA.
“Our existing industries are our No. 1 priority,” she said. “We’re working with CEMEX on several different projects, and I’m glad to support them.”