GIANT CEMENT HOLDING, INC. (GCHI), headquartered
in Summerville, South Carolina, produces cement, concrete and
aggregate for residential, commercial, and infrastructure
projects. It is also one of the largest users of waste-derived
fuels in the United States. Its subsidiaries include
Giant Cement Company, Inc., Keystone
Cement Company, Giant Resource Recovery, Inc. (GRR!), and Dragon
Products Company, LLC. These companies manufacture
and sell Portland Cement and masonry products throughout the
eastern United States. GCHI is the fourth largest producer of
cement on the east coast.
Giant Cement Company, established in Egypt, Pennsylvania in
1883, commenced production at its Harleyville, South Carolina
plant in 1948 and moved its corporate Headquarters to South
Carolina in 1970. In 1984, Keystone Cement Company of Bath,
Pennsylvania, became part of the Giant Group. In 2006, the
parent company of Dragon Products Company, LLC, and Coastal
Cement Corporation was merged into GCHI.
Giant Resource Recovery, established in 1987, primarily recycles
industrial waste products as a fuel source for the cement kilns.
Cement kiln recycling provides an environmentally safe method of
disposing of unwanted wastes, realizes significant energy
conservation, preserves natural resources, and reduces the
amount of coal needed to manufacture cement.
Cementos Portland Valderrivas, S.A., based in Madrid, Spain,
purchased GCHI and all of its subsidiaries in 1999. Cementos
Portland Valderrivas is the largest cement company in Spain and
operates cement plants worldwide.