Cement production in the United States has a substantially large and well-established base with 120.5Mt per year, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS). Cement is produced either from integrated plants or grinding plants, but most of the USA production are from the former one.
The cement production in the USA is mostly controlled by multinational companies for instance CRH Plc, Cemex, Lafarge Holcim, Lehigh Hanson, Argos USA Corporation, and Buzzi Unicem. Nonetheless, there are few numbers of domestic companies such as Ash Grove Cement and CalPortland Company. The USA is the third largest cement producer worldwide after China and India.
Largest Cement Companies in the USA
- CRH Plc
- Lafarge Holcim
- Lehigh Hanson
- Argos USA Corporation
- Ash Grove Cement Company
- Buzzi Unicem
- CalPortland Company
- Eagle Materials
- Essroc cement corp
1. CRH Plc.
The North American arm of the Ireland-based CRH plc. CRH established in 1990 and started operations in the USA in 1990. It operates in the entire united states, six Canadian provinces, and other twenty-nine countries.
CRH grew rapidly between 2015 and 2016 due to its acquisition of a range of assets from the merging Lafarge and Holcim. It has 50.5Mt/yr of cement production capacity across 39 integrated and 15 grinding plants. CRH considers itself the largest building materials company in North America. its headquarter in the United States located in Atlanta.
It is a Mexican company which started its operation in the United States in 1994 by acquiring Balcones cement plant. Cemex is one of the greatest cement manufacturer in the world since 2000. However it has suffered significant recession. The acquisition of Australia’s Rinker Materials increased the market share of the company in the United States considerably.
Cemex own a total of 61 plants; 52 active integrated plants and nine active grinding plants which yields a total of 91.6Mt/yr of cement capacity. It operates 13 plants and 46 cement terminal in the united states. Cemex headquarter based in Houston.
3. Lafarge Holcim
Lafarge Holcim was established in 2015 by combining assets of former multinational producers Lafarge and Holcim. It is reported that, Lafarge Holcim own a total of 220 plants and 345.2Mt/yr of cement capacity; 149 of which are integrated cement plants with a total capacity of 287.3Mt/yr, as well as 57.9Mt/yr of grinding capacity across 71 plants.
4. Lehigh Hanson
It established as a single mill operation in 1897, producing Portland cement. At the moment, Lehigh Hanson operates as part of Heidelberg Cement. So, the Heidelberg, which is one of the world’s leading producers of cement, established its presence in the United States with the acquisition of the Lehigh Cement Company in 1977.
Lehigh Hanson produces a variety of cement, and owns 19 cement plants and more than 70 distribution terminals strategically located across the United States and Canada. Its headquarters are located in Irving, Texas, United States.
5. Argos USA Corporation
Argos Cement Company founded in 1936 in Columbia and becomes one of the most significant company in that country. Nonetheless, its operation in the United States started when Southern Star Concrete and Concrete Express in the United States were acquired in 2005.
According to the official website of the company, it has become the fourth largest cement production company in the United States in 2011. In 2015, For the second consecutive year, Argos received distinction and included in the 2014 RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook.
6. Ash Grove Cement Company
The company established in 1882, but the first cement production plant opened in 1908. According to the official website of the company, it’s the fifth largest cement production company in the United States. It owns eight cement plants across the united states and 27 cement terminals, in addition to two deep water import terminals.
In 2018, Ash Grove Cement is purchased by CRH Plc. the largest building materials company in North America and the second largest worldwide.
7. Buzzi Unicem
It considered to be one of the leading cement manufacturing companies in the US. Buzzi Unicem established by combining of Buzzi Unicem SpA and Lone Star Industries in 2004. Buzii Unicerm possesses seven cement plants with a production capacity of nearly 9 million metric tons.
The types of cement the company manufacture within the guidelines of ASTM C150 are Type l – normal, general purpose, Type IA – normal, air entrained, Type ll – moderate sulfate resistance, and Type lll – high early strength. The company operates 34 cement terminals across the US to distribute the cement into 21 states.
8. CalPortland Company
It was founded in 1891 with the opening of the Colton Plant. CalPortland is recognized as the leader in quality cement production and innovation. It produces several types of cement: for instance Portland cement part I to part V, blended Portland-limestone type IL cement, oil ad well cement glass g, and many more.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized CalPortland for fourteen consecutive years 2005 – 2018. It has been recognized nationally for energy conservation, emission reduction, recycling, and plant safety. It operates thirteen cement production plant in the USA.
9. Eagle Materials
This cement producer company established in 1960 by opening Nevada cement plant. Eagle Materials’ cement manufacturing facilities are located in Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. The latest upgrade and expansion activities increased the production capacity by nearly five million tons per year.
10. Essroc cement corp.
It is founded in 1866 as Coplay Cement Co, and the production of Portland cement started in 1872. The Coplay acquired by Ciments Francais in 1976. Then, the name of the company changed to Essroc cement corp. After that, the Italcementi SpA acquired the Ciments Francais in 1992.
ESSROC Cement Corp. produces cement and offers bulk cement, such as Portland cements and supplementary cementing materials, general purpose cement, slag cement, hydraulic cement, limestone cement, and blast furnace slags.