A State-Of-The-Art Cement Company

Located on the site of an old rail town in northwestern Arizona, approximately 10 miles north of the town of Paulden, the Drake Cement facility was the first of its kind to be built in the state in over 50 years.

The plant is a state-of-the-art facility with a rated capacity of 660,000 tons of clinker production per year. In addition, several operating and pollution controls incorporated into the plant are so advanced that they are found in only a few other facilities worldwide.

Drake is building a very different cement company for the 21st century by focusing on service, quality, and social responsibility while being a responsible employer, neighbor, and corporate citizen.

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Drake Cement Products

Sustainability, flexibility, and durability are hallmarks of cement-based products in any number of applications. In addition, cement should be of the right quality and makeup to maximize overall performance.

Currently, Drake Cement focuses exclusively on the production of type II/V (LA) portland cement, conforming to the physical and chemical requirements of ASTM C-150 for types I, II, and V, low alkali cements, as well as ASTM C 1157 for types GU, MS, and HS cement.

Drake Cement type II/V (LA) can be used in any general construction application, including those with exposure to moderate or high levels of sulfates in soils and/or water. In addition, the low levels of alkalis in Drake Cement type II/V (LA) portland cement reduce the potential for damage due to alkali-silica reactivity (ASR).

For full safety information, download our Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

For more technical information, download our Product Data Sheet or Contact Us to discuss how our products can meet your needs.

Production Process Flow

Step 1 in the process

Imported Ingredients

Alumina and iron are imported as minor processing additions.

Step 2 in the process

Mining and Crushing

Limestone (calcium) and silica are mined from the quarry and conveyed to the plant.

Step 2 in the process

Mining and Crushing

Limestone (calcium) and silica are mined from the quarry and conveyed to the plant.

Step 3 in the process

Raw material storage

Limestone (calcium), iron, silica and alumina are stored in large silos.

Step 4 in the process

Blending

All raw ingredients are blended in proportion to prepare for grinding.

Step 4 in the process

Blending

All raw ingredients are blended in proportion to prepare for grinding.

Step 5 in the process

Raw grinding

Raw ingredients are ground to fineness of baby powder and further blended into a homogeneous mixture.

Step 6 in the process

Heating and Cooling

The ground mixture is fed into the kiln through a tall preheating tower, where it is heated and rapidly cooled to create clinker.

Step 6 in the process

Heating and Cooling

The ground mixture is fed into the kiln through a tall preheating tower, where it is heated and rapidly cooled to create clinker.

Step 7 in the process

Clinker storage

Clinker is stored in a large dome and silo waiting to be ground into cement.

Step 8 in the process

Finish Grinding

Clinker is ground into the fine gray powder recognized as cement, adding a small amount of gypsum to control the time of setting.

Step 8 in the process

Finish grinding

Clinker is ground into the fine gray powder recognized as cement, adding a small amount of gypsum to control the time of setting.

Step 9 in the process

Cement Storage and Shipping

Finished cement is stored in a silo awaiting loading into trucks or rail cars.

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Portland Cement
Type II/V (LA)

Consistency

Drake Cement Type II/V (LA) Portland Cement meets the physical and chemical requirements of ASTM C-150 for Types I, II, and V, low alkali cements, as well as ASTM C-1157 for Types GU, MS, HS cements.

Applications

Drake Cement Type II/V (LA) Portland Cement can be used in any general construction application including those with the exposure to moderate or high levels of sulfates in soils and/or water.

Durability

Drake Cement Type II/V (LA) Portland Cement has low level of alkalis reducing the potential for damage due to alkali-silica reactivity (ASR).

Quality

Production and truck samples of Drake Cement Type II/V (LA) Portland Cement are tested in our certified cement labratory. Additional market samples are regularly tested at our concrete labratory to evalute field performance.

Buy Local

Drake Cement Type II/V (LA) Portland Cement is manufactured at the Drake Plant near Paulden, AZ and is a U.S. made product.

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Sustainability

Drake Cement Type II/V (LA) Portland Cement is produced at the newest cement plant in the state of Arizona with state-of-the-art technologies and equipment. Several operating and pollution controls incorporated into the plant are so advanced they are found in only a few other facilities throughout the world.

Serious Economic Development

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 United States. 

During the construction phase, at one of the most economically depressed times in our nation’s 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.

Drake’s Cement Plant Earned a 2020 and 2021 Energy Star Certificate

Drake has earned 2020 ENERGY STAR® certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency! The ENERGY STAR label on display at our plant represents proven, verified superior energy performance over a 12-month period. In fact, ENERGY STAR certified plants perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide!

This is the first year that Drake has earned the ENERGY STAR. By meeting these strict standards, Drake is saving energy, saving money, and helping protect the environment by using less energy than similar facilities.

For more than 20 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Today, thousands of facility owners and managers use ENERGY STAR to improve the energy performance of their buildings and plants

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Quality

Learn More About What Makes Drake's Products Superior

Drake Cement is dedicated to providing the highest quality products in the industry. Our quality control laboratory is staffed by some of the industry’s leading professionals and technicians utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that you, the customer, always receive a quality product.

Consistent quality comes from the commitment to the SERV ethos that every team member at Drake upholds.

Certificate of Accreditation

Our cement products have been recognized by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and have earned the AASHTO Certificate of Accreditation.

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Social Responsibility

Drake’s state-of-the-art facility allows us to provide a wide variety of solutions to the cement and construction materials industries. Our focus on service and quality, as well as our unique culture of environmental and social responsibility, makes clear Drake Cement’s commitment to being not only the best material supplier but a responsible employer, neighbor, and corporate citizen within our industry.

Find out more about Drake and how we are building a very different kind of cement company for the 21st century.

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Our Locations

Multiple Strategic Locations to Best Serve You

Scottsdale, AZ
Corporate Office

21803 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 220
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Queen Creek, AZ
Aggregate Pit

39245 N Schnepf Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85242

Mesa, AZ
Aggregate Pit

3410 N Higley Rd
Mesa, AZ 85215

Sun City, AZ
Aggregate Pit

21901 N 115th Ave
Sun City, AZ 85373

Glendale, AZ
Aggregate Pit

6500 N Agua Fria Shore
Glendale, AZ 85037

Paulden, AZ
Cement Plant

5001 E Drake Rd
Paulden, AZ 86334