As Hurricane Harvey wanes, business owners can only watch in fear as their properties remain submerged in feet of flooding. When the water recedes there will be a need to rebuild and inevitably a large part of that work load will fall on the city’s many concrete contractors and ready-mix plants.
But at the moment concrete producers' biggest worry is limiting damage to the plants so when recovery efforts begin they can answer the call.
Harvey’s winds and flooding have greatly damaged Houston’s concrete production capability. Production has completely shut down and major producers such as CEMEX and Lehigh Hanson have completely evacuated their corporate offices until further notice.
“At this time, our operations in the Greater Houston Area remain closed as a result of flooding or the potential for flooding in the coming days. It is still too early to determine when operations will resume, but we are prepared to begin the recovery process as soon as conditions permit,” Lehigh Hanson Communications Director Jeff Seig said.
CEMEX, the largest producer in North America, opened a new multimillion dollar corporate office early this year, but was forced to shutter its doors for the time being. While plants remained closed, Seig says that is not his company’s focus with the primary goal being safety.
Both CEMEX and Lehigh Hanson have emergency information for their employees directly linked from their homepages. They also have dedicated pages to collect donations for hurricane relief efforts. CEMEX plans to match any donation made by its personnel.
“We remain committed to keeping in touch with our employees in the impacted region to ensure they are safe and have the assistance and support they need. From what we have been able to determine, we believe that our employees in the area affected by the storm are safe and unharmed,” Seig said.
“Our top priority is the safety of our employees. We will continue to assist our colleagues and their families affected by this devastating storm,” said Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEO of CEMEX. “Our thoughts are with the people in Texas. We trust their resilience and solidarity will help them overcome this tragedy.”
No timetable has been set for facility reopenings, but Seig says the company is monitoring the situation daily.
This article originally appeared on The Concrete Producer.