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Whatever happened to the Ideal Cement plant and why did it close?

Cece Nunn
StarNews
Ideal Cement

Structures from the Ideal Cement plant, which ceased operations in 1982, sit on land currently owned by Titan America LLC along the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River. (StarNews file photo)

The Ideal Cement plant closed in November 1982, laying off 115 of its 170 workers, according to StarNews articles.

The company blamed the slumping construction industry for a decline in business.

The 1,868-acre Castle Hayne site where Titan America has proposed to build a new cement plant includes the old Ideal Cement plant, which in the past has been used by the film industry to shoot several movies.


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5 Responses to “ Whatever happened to the Ideal Cement plant and why did it close?”

  1. On May 22, 2011 at 10:27 am Larry Bryant wrote:

    When the Ideal Cement Plant Closed, Dixie Cement opened up operations in the back building near the river.Now known as Cemex Inc. All the comments being made about Titan Cement coming to town and destroying the environment,but not once have I heard any comments on the cement plant that has been in operations for approximately 20 years along the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River and they also have a plant off of Hwy 421 by the truck stop which is on the river visible from the bridge.They just recently idled that plant about three years ago. It is located less than a couple miles from downtown Wilmington. All the pictures showing the proposed Titan Cement Plant location,remember the plant you see in the back of the picture has been up and running long before Titan thought about coming to town.

  2. On May 9, 2012 at 1:54 am Leslie Lemer wrote:

    Has anyone tracked the long term employees from Ideal Cement, if passed away, from what? My concern is not only for the environment, Castle Hayne, but for the humans that are going to be employed there. What are the health risks and what has happened to the employees from 1963 to 1981? Do and did the employees know what the health risks were working at Ideal Cement? Were the employees made of aware of how dangerous the working conditions were at Ideal Cement? If passed away, what were their cause of death, and were the causes of death caused or contributed from the working conditions at Ideal Cement?

    Thank you

    Leslie Lemer

  3. On May 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm Laura wrote:

    My grandfather worked at the plant in Redwood City. He passed away of a brain aneurysm.

  4. On January 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm Andrew Montoya wrote:

    I worked at one of ideals former plants that’s still in operation. In my area it was and still is considered a life long job, with several generations having worked and retired from the plant. From my observations, retirees look to be healthier then the general population probably from having done meaningful work all of there lives. They also seem to be in good shape financially due to the good pay and benefits offered.

  5. On March 26, 2014 at 3:35 pm John wrote:

    If you really dig into this story I think you’ll find that Ideal Basic Industries(Ideal Cement) was driven into the ground by a certain extremely wealthy real estate investor in Denver who was a majority stockholder in Ideal, who made sure he would be able buy up all of the stock for practically nothing and then sell it to Holcim at an obscene profit. He also did the same thing with US West, the midwest AT&T operating company formerly known as Northwestern Bell, renaming it Quest.



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