SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A cement shortage affecting most of the nation has pushed up prices and sometimes delayed the delivery of concrete to Utah home builders.
Ed Sullivan of the Portland Cement Association in Illinois says the shortage could continue into early 2005 unless there is a significant drop in demand for single family homes and an increase in imports.
He says a lot of the ships that ordinarily would bring cement to the West Coast are being diverted to China because of that country's growing economy.
In Utah, the shortage started being noted in April.
Scott Parson of Utah-based Jack B. Parson Companies says some suppliers are rationing deliveries to their Utah customers,
Cement prices rose in April and again this fall. The latest price increase pushed the cost of concrete up by four dollars to approximately 60 dollars per cubic yard.
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