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for »GCC says its flairhas been problem-solving one of its key strengths. Civil | GCC AMERICA INC. Cementing its Success GCC CATAPULTED ITS GROWTH WHEN IT EXPANDED INTO THE UNITED STATES. BY KATHRYN JONES Concurrent with its growth in cement and lready known as the go-to cement coal, in 2006, GCC America started acquiring producer in Chihuahua, Mexico, for ready-mix concrete companies in several states, several decades, Cementos de now operating more than 80 ready-mix batch Chihuahua (GCC)’s strategy to ven• 2010 revenues: $617 million plants and a fleet of mixer trucks that can deliver ture north proved to be one of the best busi• U.S. headquarters: Denver in excess of 2 million cubic yards per year. ness decisions it has ever made, GCC America • Employees: 1,300 Inc. President Enrique Escalante says. • Specialty: Cement and ready-mix GCC has continuously expanded its busiCompetitive Gains concrete services ness since it was established in 1941. But In the ever-competitive cement industry, Escalante after it was listed on the Mexican Stock says GCC America stands apart from cement and Exchange in the early 1990s, the company ready-mix concrete companies through its innovaentered the U.S. market by acquiring a tive flair and problem-solving capabilities. “We –Enrique cement plant in Tijeras, N.M., and distribution know that when we compete with the global comEscalante, U.S. division president terminals in Albuquerque, N.M., and El Paso, panies, we need to be able to offer to the market Texas. Subsequently, GCC America acquired something extra that creates additional value for the Dacotah cement plant in Rapid City, S.D., and a coal mine in our customers,” he states. Durango, Colo., to supply fuel to all of its operations. “We have our own research and development department in the comGCC America cemented its reputation for innovation and environpany where we have developed several specialty products.” mental awareness when it built a state-of-the-art cement plant in One of these is Microsilex, a product based on natural silica with pozPueblo, Colo. According to Escalante, it was the first greenfield plant to zolanic properties that can improve concrete’s performance and durabilbe commissioned in the United States in 15 years, outside of Florida. ity. It can be used as an additive in proportion with the cement weight in After the plant began operations in 2008, GCC reach an annual capacity concrete or mortar mixes, or it can be used as a cement substitute. When of 5 million tons of cement production, with 2.5 million tons divided used in concrete mixes, Microsilex reduces permeability, increases sulamong its three U.S. plants and the remainder split among its five plants fate resistance and helps control the alkali-aggregate reaction. It is ideal in Mexico and South America. for higher-strength concrete applications. A GCC America Inc. “We offer our customers a family of products that provide value-added solutions.” 148 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2011
Table of Contents
Social Media
Exploring BIM
Best Practices
Urban Construction
Building Growth
Bermúdez, Longo, Díaz-Massó (BLDM), S.E.
Wadman Corp.
Universal Builders Supply Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. LLC
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Dana B. Kenyon Co. – Florida State College at Jacksonville
Kaback Enterprises
Hyder Construction
On Site Management Inc.
Retail Developers in Ontario
Morguard Investments Ltd. – Bramalea City Centre and Expansion
Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
Bayfield Realty Advisors Inc.
Rudolph and Sletten
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
MW Builders – Fort Leonard Wood AIT Barracks, Phase 1
Thor Construction
Weir Welding Co.
JE Dunn Construction Co. – Woman’s Hospital
Manhattan Kraft Construction Co. – Sarasota Police Department Headquarters
P.J. Hoerr Inc. – Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Poettker Construction – Watterson Towers Renovations
Merit Kitchens
BBL Builders – Columbia Parc at the Bayou District
Reliable Builders Inc.
Joe Hall Roofing
ECM International Inc.
Branch Highways Inc.
GCC America Inc.
HOK: NOAA Pacific Regional Center
Last Look

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