Alabama hit by cement shortage

Officials from the Alabama Concrete Industries Association said Alabama saw a 14% increase in demand for concrete last year, but the current cement shortage could delay some projects.

“You can’t just order concrete today and think you’ll get it next week,” said Alabama Concrete Industries Association President John Sorrell. “As soon as the cement is made in the factories right now, it goes straight into the tank trucks to be shipped to the ready-mix concrete trucks.”

Mr Sorrell said there has been a strong demand for concrete during the winter months, usually when factories are stockpiling. During the spring months, Alabama’s five cement plants must shut down for routine maintenance, and he said all of this compounds the shortage.

“It affects everything from the home builder building a slab for a new home, to the commercial contractor building an Amazon, to the guy building a bridge or sinking a security fence. These projects can’t get the supplies they need to be able to build as quickly as the contractor would like.”

Mr Sorrell said contractors were already waiting two to three weeks for some shipments due to the nationwide shortage of truck drivers. He said they expect it to get worse now that there is also a cement supply problem.

“We recently sent out a letter to contractors and road builders saying ‘please understand there will be slowdowns, but we will get to you as quickly as possible,'” he said.

Sorrell said while slowdowns in road projects, commercial real estate and residential real estate projects will likely occur, they should not last long enough to negate upcoming home improvement plans.

Road Builder’s Association officials said they expect truck deliveries for 2-3 weeks and now with the cement shortage they believe it will be around 4-6 weeks.

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