Limestone Mine and Cement Plant Permitting

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Suwannee American Cement (SAC) Company, part of CRH Americas Materials, is the second largest cement supplier in the state of Florida with two world-class cement plants – one located in Sumterville, FL and the other in Branford, FL – as well as an import facility in Port Manatee, FL. Headquartered in Sumterville, Florida, the Sumterville Plant was innovatively designed in 2006 to be cost efficient and able to produce up to 1.2 million short tons of cement per year. The plant produces a high-quality product distributed throughout Florida.




Client required design and permitting for a $150M, 250-acre limestone mine, 50-acre portland cement plant site, and one-mile access road, on a site totaling 1,300 acres.


  • Prepared and submitted a Sumter County Conditional Use and Operating Permit.
  • Prepared and submitted a Water Use Permit (from Southwest Florida Water Management District [SWFWMD]) for mine dewatering operations.
  • Prepared and submitted an Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Supporting activities included groundwater flow modeling to demonstrate that nearby wetlands would not be significantly impacted by mine dewatering and cement manufacturing.


  • All permits were obtained in less than one year.
  • Project was completed ahead of schedule.
  • Ongoing work includes stormwater management and Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) for the facility.