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It took 20 months and $16 million to construct the plant. In February 1959, there were 400 men working to construct the cement plant. That number grew by several hundred in the coming months.
Photo courtesy Salt River Materials Group

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Economic Lifeline

Phoenix Cement came along at perfect time to resurrect struggling Verde Valley economy

Damming waterways is no longer popular and some dams and containments are being removed today to allow waterways a free movement.But seven years after the economic rug was pulled from beneath the Verde Valley with the closure of the Jerome copper mines, the future of a dam at Glen Canyon meant prosperity for the Verde Valley. The Valley was found to provide the ideal raw materials for manufacture of cement near a rail line.