By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– As the CEMEX cement plant in Victorville marks 100 years since it was established, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recognized the company for its contributions as a cornerstone of the local economy and as a community partner.
“CEMEX has been a tremendous company in our community,” Supervisor Lovingood said. “For a century, generations of High Desert residents have worked at the cement plant, earning good wages to provide for their families.”
While cement is the predominant product mined and processed in the Victor Valley, Lovingood said San Bernardino County has a rich history of mining that continues today.
“There is a saying in the mining industry, ‘If it isn’t grown, it has to be mined,” Supervisor Lovingood said.
He noted that local mines produce everything from gold and silver to basic elements used in paint, cosmetics and high-tech materials used in the defense industry, cell phones and construction materials for homes and roads.
Through two world wars, and economic ups and downs, the local cement plant has provided well-paying jobs to the Victor Valley for 100 years by manufacturing cement for projects around California and neighboring states.
Located on E Street in Victorville, CEMEX became North America’s largest cement producer with the acquisition of the U.S.-based Southdown in 2000. CEMEX employs about 220 people at its Victorville plant. Through growth and leadership CEMEX continues to bolster economic development in San Bernardino County by supporting building, sales, jobs and partnerships with local communities they serve in the High Desert.