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Ports renews contract with CEMEX Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Ports Authority Executive Director Joel A. Pizá Batiz

By The Star Staff

Puerto Rico Ports Authority Executive Director Joel A. Pizá Batiz announced Thursday that he renewed a contract to extend CEMEX Puerto Rico’s operation at Pier 16 of the Port of San Juan for 20 years.

“The renewal of the contract to extend operations responds to the vision of the Government of Puerto Rico to promote and implement recovery efforts efficiently and effectively, capitalizing on opportunities to rebuild a better and more resilient country,” Pizá Batiz said. “CEMEX is a multinational company that is among the main cement producers in the world.”

He said that according to statistics from the Economic Development Bank, the annual demand for cement in Puerto Rico for 2020 was some 590,000 tons.

Pizá Batiz noted that CEMEX is a global construction materials company that creates sustained value by providing industry-leading products and solutions to meet construction needs. It has a presence on four continents and a marketing network that reaches more than 100 countries. This has a multiplier effect in Puerto Rico due to the generation of direct and indirect jobs through the contracting of services to more than 150 local providers, the Ports chief said.

Pizá Batiz said further that CEMEX’s investment in Puerto Rico exceeds $400 million and its activities injected $20 million into the local economy in 2020.

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