July 5, 2023
On June 27, Houston-based Cemex unveiled its $7M manatee-decorated cement unloader at Florida's Port of Palm Beach.
The 12-wheeled vehicle will be used to unload cement from high-capacity carrier vessels from other countries. The unloader will then deposit the cement into trucks at the port that deliver the building material around South Florida.
The blue an green manatee mural, painted on the 225-ton, 70 ft. tall unloader, is in support of local nonprofit, Friends of Manatee Lagoon, said Jarra Kaczwara, director of government affairs for Cemex’s east region.
Adding manatees to the mix shows how the international company is involved in the Palm Beach County community, she said at the event at the port attended by about three dozen people, and reported in the Palm Beach Post.
“Protecting manatees deserves our support,” Kaczwara said June 28 when the loader was unveiled.
Port of Palm Beach Commissioner Blair Ciklin, Public Information Officer Yaremi Farinas, and Port of Palm Beach interns Finance Bonheur and Alexandra Watson were among the large group of supporters who watched the unveiling.
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