Concrete Purchases Cement Coast Building Boom

It will take 13,000 cubic yards of gravel turned into concrete to pour the frame of the Sea Breeze condominium. W.C. and Darlene Fore are mixing that concrete.

"It's lots of work, lots of work," Mr. Fore said.

Fore's Coast Concrete also mixes concrete for many of the area's new homes.

"It's great to have this economy going," he said.

Outside a competing concrete plant, Barney Creel filled out an application to buy some concrete.

"You've gotta have it," Creel said. "You build something from the bottom up. And you've gotta have a solid foundation."

Creel is building townhomes to take advantage of what he considers a booming economy.

"I don't think everybody understands exactly what we're on the verge of right now," said Creel.

Drive around South Mississippi, notice all the new concrete, and you get an idea of what Creel is talking about. Eighty thousand cubic yards of concrete used to build Hard Rock Biloxi is an example of a construction boom that shows no signs of slowing down.

"I would say two years from now we could talk about it and it's going to be that much more," Creel said.

Fore isn't surprised by the sudden development interest along the coast.

"I'm pleased by this boom, because I think the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a great place," said Fore.

Nationally, concrete prices were up about nine percent, and supplies were tight. But Fore said there was plenty of concrete in South Mississippi to keep his trucks on the road.