McInnis Cement has been joined by members of the Bronx community to celebrate the official opening of its new cement plant in the Bronx, New York. The plant is the first new industrial maritime project to be built on the South Bronx waterfront in more than half a century.
The newly constructed plant measures at 100 000 ft2 and will be operational 24/7. Located in New York, the plant will be used to store and distribute cement for New York City and beyond. An onsite warehouse will have the capacity to store up to 44 000 metric t of cement, the equivalent of 1500 truckloads. However, traffic is expected to decrease significantly across local bridges and roads, as 90% of the plant’s cement will be delivered via ship. It is projected that 25 000 one-way truck trips will be eliminated and more than two million truck miles saved annually.
Importantly, the public will be able to enjoy the three acres of wetlands that are integral to the South Bronx Greenway. McInnis have worked to preserve the local habitat of plants, birds, and fish by restoring the shoreline. This included removing a century old, decayed pier system and installing a wave attenuator to preserve the wetlands and protect the waterfront.
McInnis Cement is the first project to be certified through the Waterfront Alliance’s new, nationally applicable Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG). This certification is a gold standard for resilient, ecologically-sound, and accessible waterfront design. Used by design professionals and planners, government agencies, and community advocates, WEDG assists companies in overcoming challenges such as complex ecosystems, overlapping regulatory jurisdictions, multiple stakeholders, sea level rise, and coastal storms.
Further to the environmental benefits of the plant, new, living wage jobs have also been created, generating tax revenue for both the state and local governments. Indeed, several residents, all of whom are veterans, are already working onsite.
“With access to efficient waterways, our ships allow us to be environmentally friendly while making deliveries efficiently,” said Tony Sneska, Vice President of Marketing and Sales. “This is also an industrially-zoned waterfront site that happens to be in an area with a quality workforce, as well as in the heart of the largest construction customer base. While the terminal’s impact on local cement supply, employment, traffic, and revitalisation might be considered more than enough to justify the ambitious project, its impact on the local environment may prove to be its greatest reward.”
“Our Bronx terminal is more than just a new facility,” said Jean Moreau, President and CEO of McInnis Cement. “In addition to building a new cement company, our Hunts Point location is reactivating a waterfront, while balancing the needs of the community, environmental habitat, and industry. Our goal was to set a new standard for development in the New York City harbour, placing a major industrial operation in harmony with a natural wildlife habitat and providing waterfront access for the citizens of the South Bronx.”
McInnis Cement is the newest entrant to the North America cement market. The company aims to supply its customers with superior-quality products that are consistently produced and reliably distributed, based on sustainable development principles.
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