New western emulsions asphalt terminal brings jobs & economic activity to Pinal County, AZ
February 03, 2010 -- Coolidge, AZ -- Western Emulsions Inc., a leading asphalt emulsions manufacturer with sales and operations in 10 western U.S. states, announced today the commencement of operations of a new $12 million asphalt storage and distribution terminal in Coolidge.
Western Emulsions will use the facility to manage its supply of raw asphalt used in manufacturing its emulsion products, which have applications for road maintenance and construction, agriculture and environmental remediation. The Company doubled its production capabilities through new development and acquisition in the past year.
The new terminal provides 56,000 tons of asphalt storage, and will support the company’s continuing growth. In addition, Western Emulsions has agreed to partner with Valero Energy on raw asphalt sales to local producers of paving asphalt and other users.
The new asphalt terminal has provided an economic boost for Coolidge and Pinal County. In addition to the initial construction employment and employees now operating the facility, a new trucking company was formed to service the facility’s distribution needs. The terminal also will improve convenience for a number of local plants, and bring further induced commerce to Coolidge.
Along with asphalt storage and testing facilities, the company constructed $3 million in supporting rail spur and switching infrastructure to facilitate cost-effective long haul shipment of asphalt via commercial rail. The rail infrastructure represents a gateway to and facilitates the future development of a planned 200-acre industrial development in Coolidge surrounding the new terminal.
The terminal and its functions support the ongoing growth and economic development of Pinal County. Pinal recently was ranked #1 among 25 counties for job growth and one of the fastest growing in the nation by Money magazine. Continued near-term employment growth is projected in a diverse range of categories, including retail, mining, and corrections.
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