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The Salt River Materials Group-Phoenix Cement plant in 2006, after the $126.5 million modernization and many other modifications were completed. The 2006 photo was used on the cover of an industry magazine to promote the IEEE Conference in Phoenix that year, and the tour of the plant brought about 400 people into the Verde Valley. The plant has since changed again with the removal of the three original kilns and the addition of a new blending silo, part of a $35 million project that will be completed in 2008.
Photo courtesy Salt River Materials Group

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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.

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