A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week at Roanoke Cement Company’s Chesapeake Terminal near Norfolk, Virginia. Council members, other state and local officials, and RCC team members gathered to launch a new $40 million storage dome. In response to increasing demand for low carbon cement, the storage dome at the terminal will provide an additional 70,000 tons of capacity, tripling the existing storage. The Chesapeake Terminal expands truck and rail capacity as well, and the improved terminal will enable the import and distribution of other raw materials needed to produce concrete.

“This important capital improvement is another investment in anticipation of increased construction material demand for infrastructure development and other projects,” said Kevin Baird, President of Titan America’s Mid-Atlantic Business Unit, which includes RCC. “Expanded storage and marine terminal upgrades permit us to make low carbon cement available for construction needs all over the region.”

Customers are increasingly calling for the low carbon cements -- which reduce carbon-impact by 10 percent -- in their infrastructure, commercial and residential jobs. Lower carbon cement is a sustainable solution, and RCC’s investment in an integrated logistic network – through ship, truck and rail – boosts service to its customers. RCC expects to add 10 new permanent employees. Nearly 50 jobs will be created for the construction phase.

“Titan America is a premiere waterfront business in Chesapeake,” said Debbie Ritter, City Council Member of Chesapeake, Virginia. “The $40 million investment to expand their facility and improve rail transport capabilities will help provide the Commonwealth of Virginia with product necessary to assist the state and businesses to continue to grow and prosper.”

“RCC has a strong and established presence in the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Don Ingrassano, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We look forward to the terminal completion by year’s end 2023 and online for the 2024 construction season to better serve our customers.”