Providence, RI, August 2, 2016 – 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. The overall cost of the
project is expected to reach $22 million when completed, estimated for this coming
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 over 30,000 metric tons 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 the opening of our first terminal in the United States in
the Port of Providence,» said Jim Braselton, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales
and Distribution for 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
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 will also be available while the
ship-receiving facilities are being constructed.
About McInnis Cement – The New Cement Company
McInnis Cement is a privately-held company with headquarters in Quebec and the
United States. 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 U.S. 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 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 new cement plant to meet if not exceed the most stringent
environmental standards, making its ecological footprint one of the smallest in the
cement industry. More information is available at @ciment_mcinnis and