Mexico City, January 9th, 2009. Mexico's Cemex, the largest cement manufacturer in the U.S. and 3rd largest in the world, will temporarily close its Davenport, California, plant and lay off most of its local work force, about 125 employees, for a minimum of six months beginning March 9, company officials announced Thursday. Only a very small crew of qualified employees will remain at the site, performing maintenance to insure that when the construction industry recovers, the plant can be up and running as needed.
The closure could impact the Mexican company's American community support as the maintenance and security staff at Pacific Elementary School and Bonny Doon School in Davenport don't work for the schools. They work for Cemex who will temporarily shut down its California North Coast plant driven by an almost extinct construction market. The schools are worried about the future of Cemex's generosity.