Jamaica has one of the purest limestone deposits in the world with over 50 billion tons of proven limestone reserves, according to Jpro. (Photo: CMC)
Jamaica’s limestone quarrying industry provided the first shipment of building limestone from the island to the United States.
According to the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (Jampro), St Ann-based Lydford Mining Company will ship 36,000 metric tons of limestone that will be used in the production of concrete aggregates in Savannah, Georgia.
Loading the first shipment is expected to take four days and involves 1,000 trucks. This represents the start of a series of regular shipments to markets in the southeastern United States, Jampro said.
Jampro President Diane Edwards was on hand, along with Edgar Cousins and Jackie Millington of Lydford Mining, and buyers from the Twin Rivers Land & Timber team, including Clay and Ashley Crosby, CEO and Chief Financial Officer, to witness the historic occasion and observe the loading of the ship.
“Jampro was instrumental in introducing Lydford Mining to Mr. Crosby as connecting buyers with Jamaican exporters is a core function of Jampro and we are delighted that this connection has borne substantial fruit and a relationship. anticipated long term,” Edwards said.
Jamaica has one of the purest limestone deposits in the world with over 50 billion tons of proven limestone reserves.
The global limestone market size was valued at $73.51 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $113.6 billion by 2028, Jampro said, noting that this bodes well for Jamaica and the Lydford Mining Company.