Phoenix Cement merger goes forward

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AN AERIAL view of the Phoenix Cement plant in Clarkdale. The Verde Valley institution will merge with Salt River Sand & Rock.

More than 60 representatives from both entities came together in Scottsdale recently, and formed transition teams to help gain employee input, improve communication, and work out details in each department as the merger occurs.

Joni Ramos, president of the Community, welcomed the group.

“These two enterprises can give better service to our customers by combining forces,” Ramos said. “We are proud of the talents and abilities of all of the individuals who are committed to work hard and provide quality building materials and products.”

Newly appointed CEO for the consolidated business, Roger R. Smith, Jr., spoke to the group about the opportunities that will be opened up for the new combined company, saying, “The paths into the future are not found, but made.”

Smith has been on the board of directors for Phoenix Cement Company for 16 years, and has served as the company’s president since 1997.

Transition Manager Dale Diulus explained that the process was being completed openly, with full knowledge and cooperation of employees. “It’s been very clear from day one that there is a major commitment from the Community for complete and open communications,”

Diulus said about the process. “Our owners have brought in a merger and acquisition consultant to help guide us through a successful transition.”

Diulus has been a part of the Phoenix Cement team since 1989, most recently as vice president of fly ash and product distribution.

Phoenix Cement Company manufactures portland cement at its Clarkdale facility, classifies and distributes fly ash from several locations in Arizona and New Mexico, and mines gypsum for use in the making of cement and for agricultural purposes. Phoenix Cement currently has 179 employees throughout the Southwest.

Founded in 1959 by the American Cement Corporation to supply materials for the development of Glen Canyon Dam, Phoenix Cement serves markets throughout Arizona as well as Colorado, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Texas. Phoenix Cement Company has been a division of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community since 1987.

Salt River Sand & Rock began in 1981 in partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Employees, all located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, total 384, with about one third in the Construction Division and the remaining two thirds in the Aggregates Division.

The largest production plant, main office, lab and shop are located at the corner of Dobson and McKellips Road on the Community’s land near Scottsdale and Mesa. Estimated sales of aggregates should be about 6 million tons for 2003.

Salt River Sand & Rock has additional plants located on the Community at the corner of Higley and Thomas Roads, on the Beeline Highway near Stapley Road, and at the Salt River Landfill. Other operations are located in Sun City, Glendale and Queen Creek. Additionally, a new 275-acre site is being developed in Buckeye on the Gila River.

Salt River Community leaders and company employees are confident this merger will significantly enhance the Community’s construction materials business. New markets, additional products, greater technical support, increased efficiencies, and a greater coordination of efforts will benefit customers, suppliers, employees, and other interested community stakeholders.

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