Projects around the Rochester, Minnesota area are falling behind schedule because a regional concrete shortage has local companies struggling to make it through the week, say local comany, Leitzen Concrete.
The shortage is due to multiple concrete manufacturing plants breakdowns in Missouri and Iowa a couple of weeks ago. The coincidental closings have left concrete companies like Leitzen struggling to meet demand.
“And there’s no way out of it. Everybody’s busy, the weather is good, everybody wants to pour, there’s not enough cement,” said Leitzen Concrete co-owner Gary Leitzen. “So this will not end until we get very cold weather and people stop pouring concrete outside.”
Leitzen projects the pressure added by the shortage may alleviate by the second week of November, but the impacts will continue to be felt heading in to next spring. That is due to cement transportation predominantly by barge, which cannot be moved through the winter.
Leitzen said the company works with what it has throughout the week, and that sometimes means shutting down the plant on Wednesday instead of Friday.