The Houston Dome:
Speed and Lower Costs to Benefit Customers
While nearly every industry has struggled with supply chain challenges over the past several years, Argos North America is ensuring that customers have access to timely and cost-efficient cement and ready-mix products with the construction of the Houston Dome in the Port of Houston, opening later this year.
This port facility offers state-of-the-art offloading technology and increased storage capacity that enables Argos to process materials quickly and transfer them to a reliable, award-winning trucking fleet to transport them to their final destination.
Led by experienced manager Omar Ramirez, it’s one of only a few private deepwater docks in the Port of Houston, allowing Argos to bring in more product at a lower freight rate than other suppliers.
The History of the Houston Dome
Argos acquired the Port of Houston facility in 2006 coinciding with upgrades at its plant in Cartagena, Colombia, and needed an access point in the U.S. The company initially built some flat storage systems, which were capable of storing 22,000 tons. At the time, the storage was sufficient for the company’s four pneumatic vessels.
Due to the market’s ebbs and flows, the port didn’t receive as many shipments as it could accommodate, so Ramirez looked for other ways to use the facility, including receiving shipments of products from other industries.
Over the years, however, shipments increased as the market for cement in Houston shifted. Now, Argos is expanding and upgrading the Houston Dome to bring in cement products from multiple sources to offer more reliable sourcing and lower costs to its customers
The Benefits of a Deepwater Port FacilityWith the expansion, the Houston Dome offers the following benefits:
1. Improved Port Efficiency and Reduced Costs
With its previous flat storage, Argos could not fill full vessels to maximize shipping efficiency. However, with the Houston Dome’s increased storage of 50,000 tons, the company can take full vessels, which is more cost-effective.
In addition to increased storage, the Houston Dome offers more efficient offloading, which allows Argos to generate cost savings. The Dome’s initial system could offload 275 tons per hour, but the new system will unload 800 tons per hour. Quicker offloading paired with the increased storage capacity allows the company to avoid demurrage fees, which can be charged by vessels that require additional time at a terminal.
2. Product Diversification
With increased storage capacity, Argos can bring in other cementitious products that can be stored in the existing flat storage, which will allow it to provide customers with more options — essentially transforming the company into a one-stop shop for all cementitious products.
3. Optimized Materials Distribution
The Houston Dome plays a critical role in Argos’s overall supply chain operation. The ability to offload quickly at the port and transport to a silo creates an efficient warehousing process and provides an avenue for Argos to get products to market faster.
It’s also important to note that over the span of the expansion project, crews have worked thousands of hours without any safety incidents. Argos continually prioritizes safety and reliability, to provide the best service and product to its customers.
To learn more about Argos and its range of cement and ready-mix products, contact us.