A Little History
Ángel Américo Cerdas, called Meco by his friends, worked in the extraction and commercialization of sand from Taras River, in Costa Rica. He had a small stone crusher and he rented equipment to the hydroelectric projects of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) in Río Macho and Cachí.
During the 1980s the company was a small contractor dedicated to renting equipment for the movement of land in different areas of Costa Rica. The first projects were the brick factory in Agua Caliente de Cartago, the “Voice of America” station in la Marina de San Carlos and several gravel roads for properties of the Institute of Agrarian Development (IDA), and on coffee-plantation roads.
In 1984 the company evolved towards other market segments, and executed its first major construction projects, like the rock-fill dam of the Sandillal hydroelectric project (ICE) and the main irrigation channel for the National Water System (SENARA), called West Channel.
In 1986, ten years after its founding, it got its first important contract in highways, for the Frailes – Tarbaca road, and in 1990 it was awarded with the paving of the Atenas – San Mateo road. In 1992, Constructora Meco made the key decision to compete in international markets. Many years ago, this would seem like a risky decision; today it is the source of success that allowed us to grow.
We first started in Nicaragua in 1992. We have developed projects in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama. Four years ago, we arrived in Colombia, where big projects are being developed today.
The story of MECO in Panama starts in 1994 and it is closely related to the Panama Canal, the most symbolic work of the Panamanians. During the last 20 years, the Company has worked in several projects; from the time the Canal was managed by the Americans until today, when we played an important role in the construction of the recently opened expanded Canal.
One of the qualities of the company is that, by nature, we continue to be a construction company, not just a project manager. This means that our activity starts from the asphalt, aggregates and concrete production plants, continues with the management of heavy machinery and transportation, and the construction of the project; always looking for the highest customer satisfaction.
Meco ranks 18th among the main construction companies in Latin America. We lead the construction of infrastructure works, where the use of technology, high-quality materials and a team of professionals and specialized labor support the more than 250 projects built throughout Central America, Panama and Colombia.