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Construction begins at McInnis Cement’s Bronx terminal

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Work is underway at McInnis Cement’s New York terminal. The site in the South Bronx is part of McInnis’ network of terminals, strategically located throughout the eastern portion of North America and chosen for their access to efficient waterways, as well as their proximity to the market to minimise truck miles to its customers.

When completed, the 74 600 ft2 terminal in the Bronx will feature a new warehouse that can store 43 000 t of cement and load up to 80 trucks per day. Cement will be delivered to the Bronx from McInnis’ plant in Port-Daniel—Gascons, Quebec. A barge-mounted ship unloader travelling between New York and Providence will be used to pneumatically transfer the cement into the warehouse.

This facility will set a new standard for development in the New York City Harbor, featuring 24/7 operations to best serve its local market. A rooftop solar array will reduce strains on the local power and a fully enclosed truckload out will mitigate dust. The around-the-clock operations in conjunction with the terminal proximity to concrete plants will dramatically reduce truck traffic and associated emissions in the Bronx.

In the future, the area is expected to see more than US$60 billion in infrastructure projects and another US$7.7 billion in Superstorm Sandy repairs, creating demand for concrete. The Bronx terminal will allow McInnis customers to participate in these projects while reducing their transportation costs and environmental impact.

The property at the Bronx terminal has a long history with many uses over the years, including a 19th Century amusement park and a float yard to move railcars laden with coal, construction materials, and daily consumables for transport to Manhattan and Long Island. This facility had lain dormant and fallen into disrepair as an illegal city dump for a number of years until it was rejuvenated by an innovative entrepreneur. Extensive remediation efforts were made to transform the multi-acre property into a sustainable site. Inserted between the terminal and protected wetlands is a new quarter-mile segment of the South Bronx Greenway, which includes a bike and pedestrian path. This path is an integral part of the McInnis development and will allow the local population to regain access to the East River.

“We are very excited to being one step closer to delivering cement to our customers in this area and along the east coast,” said McInnis Cement CEO Herve Mallet. “Once complete, the facility will set a new standard for development in the New York City Harbor, placing in harmony an industrial operation, with a natural wildlife habitat and waterfront access for citizens of the South Bronx.”

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