Alaska Basic Industries (ABI) supplies cement throughout Alaska. ABI has terminals in Anchorage at 1300 Ocean Dock Road, as well as in Fairbanks at 1501 Well Street. ABI receives shipments of cement at the Port of Anchorage by ships on a regular basis throughout the summer and into late fall.
ABI offers two basic products: Type I/ II Portland Cement for general construction and Type III Portland Cement for specialty construction needs. At the Anchorage Port location, we offer Type I and Type III bulk cement:
Bagged cement products are available at the Building Materials Sales Counter at 11531 Highland Street:
Cement is a major component of concrete. Although the terms cement and concrete are often used interchangeably, there is a vast difference between the two products. Cement is but one ingredient of concrete. Basic concrete consists of cement, aggregates (gravel, sand) and water. More sophisticated concrete may be made using ad-mixtures and other cementitious materials to control hardness, set-up time and durability.
Portland cement is a generic term named after the Isle of Portland in England by its inventor, Joseph Aspdin. To make Portland cement, clay, shale and limestone is ground and baked in a kiln. During this process, “klinkers” are formed which are then ground up and mixed with gypsum.