CEMEX cement helps smooth travel at world’s busiest airport in Atlanta - CEMEX cement helps smooth travel at world’s busiest airport in Atlanta - CEMEX USA
Houston and Atlanta - August 13, 2020
Thousands of travelers who connect to global destinations through Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, the busiest airport in the world, are now taking to the skies by utilizing a revamped 12,390-foot runway and taxiway built with nearly 15,000 tons of cement supplied by CEMEX.
Crews with the general contractor McCarthy Improvement Company started work in August 2019 on the reconstruction of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s 9L-27R runway and corresponding taxiway as part of the airport’s $6 billion expansion and makeover plan. With construction crews required to adhere to strict completion timelines, CEMEX delivered cement 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from its cement plant in Clinchfield, Ga., to assist McCarthy in its efforts.
“Infrastructure in the U.S. needs improvements and updates, so Americans can remain connected and get where they need to go quickly and efficiently,” said CEMEX USA President Jaime Muguiro. “At CEMEX, we are proud to safely support essential infrastructure projects that help achieve those goals and provide products that will enhance the experiences of travelers for years to come.”
Atlanta’s 9L-27R runway is the longest runway at the airport to accommodate larger jets required for long-haul international flights. Through Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, travelers can fly to more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries. The airport typically serves more than 110 million travelers annually and has been the busiest in the world since 1998.
“Atlanta’s airport is a critical hub for travelers, and it provides a crucial gateway for people in the U.S. to access the rest of the world,” said Joel Galassini, CEMEX USA Executive Vice President—Cement Commercial. “CEMEX has the know-how and experience necessary to help in the construction of massive infrastructure projects while providing the much-needed support to meeting the tight deadlines and keep projects moving.”
The runway and taxiway reconstruction were part of Phase 1 and 4 of construction at the airfield. CEMEX also recently supplied an additional 4,000 tons of cement for other projects related to the airport’s renovation.
CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high quality products and reliable services. Its U.S. network includes 10 cement plants, more than 50 strategically-located distribution terminals, 50 aggregate quarries and nearly 270 ready-mix concrete plants.