CARMELO is a family business established in 1955 by Carmelo Figueroa and his wife Sara Padilla. Starting as a manual masonry manufacturing operation in Naranjito, CARMELO grew fast thanks to the monumental growth that Operation Bootstrap gave to the Puertorrican Economy. By 1977 CARMELO’s principal line of business shifted to the mining, becoming Puerto Rico’s principal aggregate manufacturing operator. By 1986, CARMELO achieved a successful second generation transition.
Productora de Agregados, founded in 1977, Canarico Quarry, acquired in 1995 and Cantera Carmelo Vega Alta acquired in 2004, manufactures aggregates and sands used in every form of construction.
Our commitment to social responsibility has focused on four areas: community involvement, environmental stewardship, safety and health, and product usage. We are proud to actively support the communities in which we operate.
We sponsor social, cultural, educational and sports activities. We have a policy of adopting roads and schools. In the aftermath of natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and droughts, we provide emergency relief where we can. We supply water, equipment and workers to clear roads from fallen trees and debris.
Over the years, our company has planted thousands trees and developed a successful method for propagating endangered flora such as Daphnosis helleriana and other lesser known species.
Our staff members visit schools to explain the work we do to children in the hope that they will become interested in becoming construction engineers, operators or miners. In addition, we invite them to participate in organized tours of our plant.
For the past ten years, we have been offering monthly seminars open to the general public to provide instruction on the techniques involved in installing our products. Thousands of people have received training in our facilities and many of them have developed their own small businesses.
We are committed to reducing noise, dust, traffic and vibrations from our operations through constant monitoring, accurate record keeping, the effective application of controls, and by suggesting alternatives to minimize these effects. Monitoring and responding to concerns about environmental issues are an essential part of our commitment to maintain good relations with local communities.
In our view, environmental stewardship is necessary to ensure a satisfying quality of life for future generations. At the same time, it involves providing materials that address the needs of the present generation. We are aware that our business activities can have a significant impact on the environment and; therefore, we feel compelled to conserve the natural resources we use through increased recycling and the use of secondary materials.
Our mission is "to work in a successful, responsible and ethical manner, developing innovative businesses, primarily in the construction materials sector, while raising our associates' standard of living".