Cement plant’s closure could ripple through Maine’s construction sector

The idling of production at the Dragon Cement plant in Thomaston may lead to a domino effect of higher prices and more complicated environmental regulations in Maine.

Dragon Cement, one of the largest producers of cement in New England, announced its plans  earlier this month to idle production in Maine by 2025 and lay off about 65 workers. There are other cement plants in the Northeast and in Canada which can supply cement to businesses in Maine, but several construction and concrete businesses here depend on Dragon’s cement.

Some in Maine are already worrying that the plant’s loss will ripple through the sector and push costs higher for companies and those that hire them, including the public agencies and institutions that make up two-thirds of construction sales here. The effect on the overall market is uncertain for now, with regional voices saying there are enough suppliers to make up the gap.

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