Did You Know?

The first mining claims for the Drake Cement plant were staked out in the year 2000, more than 10 years before final completion of the facility.


About Drake Cement

Plant entrance

Drake Cement LLC is the Southwest's newest cement company, with full-scale operations beginning in early 2011. Located at the site of an old rail town in Northwestern Arizona, approximately 10 miles north of the town of Paulden, the Drake Cement facility is the first of its kind to be built in the state in over 50 years.

The plant is a state-of-the-art, six stage precalciner/preheater with a rated capacity of 660,000 tons of clinker per year. Several operating and pollution controls incorporated into the plant are so advanced they are found in only a few other facilities throughout the world.

Drake Cement LLC is focused on providing high quality portland cement products at competitive prices while improving the local availability of this building material so critical to the fast-growing Southwestern U.S. During the construction phase, at one of the most economically depressed times in our history, the Drake plant created over 600 high paying jobs for the local area.

Over the long term, the Drake plant will provide dozens of new, high quality manufacturing jobs and economic development in Northern Arizona. In addition, Drake's high capacity rail switching facility, located on the BNSF mainline railway, will create further development by offering other potential industries access to raw materials, energy, and distribution capabilities near the attractive Interstate 40 and US 93 transportation corridors.