Meco Builds in 5 Latin American Countries
Since its creation 43 years ago in a very different world, in which words like “globalization” meant a whole different thing, Meco has been smart enough to navigate the competitive waters of the construction world beyond the borders of its mother land.
The steps towards its internationalization have been firm. After a decade struggling in Costa Rica, a country that saw its growth and consolidation, Meco attacked the Central American market in the 1990s, in countries such as Nicaragua, Belize, Guatemala and Panama. Those were the first steps towards the south of the continent – specifically Colombia – , where Meco has strengthened its presence in several concession projects throughout the years.
In the Panama Canal alone, Meco has excavated 65 million cubic meters of material over the last 21 years, including the works to expand this transoceanic mega-project. More recently, Meco worked on diverse and complex projects, such as the expansion of the PSA container yard terminal, the Soloy’s aqueduct system in the Ngäbe Buglé region, and the expansion and rehabilitation of the Pan-American Highway – Bridge of the Americas-Arraiján. Currently, there are 27 construction projects in Panama, two asphalt mixing plants and eight aggregate plants.
In Nicaragua, Meco’s presence has been permanent since 1992, with the participation in countless projects such as the Central America Hydroelectric Plant, the Tumarín Hydroelectric Plant, the Dennis Martínez National Baseball Stadium and the Bluefields Highway. More recently, Meco participated in the construction of the Nicaraguan-Costa Rica border checkpoint and the improvement of the Ciudad Sandino-Mateare highway. Seven projects are currently in progress, including an asphalt mixing plant, four aggregates production plants and a ready-mix concrete plant.
, Meco has a prominent presence and a long-term commitment to the future of the country. Together with important local partners, Meco is part of the successful Fourth Generation of Road Concessions (4G). In the Pacífico 3 Concession, the 231-kilometer highway, 26 bridges and a 3.4-kilometer-long tunnel will be designed, financed, built and put into operation. Moreover, in Alto Magdalena 190 kilometers of roads and 74 bridges are being built; while in Cartagena-Barranquilla 214 kilometers of road are being developed along with the 5.4-kilometer viaduct over La Virgen swamp. Finally, Meco is also growing in other areas. Currently, 10 projects are being developed, from construction and maintenance of roads and airport concessions, to works for recognized national entities and companies.
In El Salvador, La Libertad Bypass and the design and construction of Section III – La Libertad are being built; these projects are part of the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project.
In Costa Rica, the country that saw the birth of the company, Meco has 43 years of project experience of varying magnitude and complexity. To name a few, the company has worked on ten hydroelectric projects, three renewable energy projects, five maritime projects, and more than 38 tourism, industrial and commercial infrastructure projects. Furthermore, Meco operates five asphalt production plants, 13 aggregate plants and two ready-mix concrete plants.
In the past months alone, Meco successfully delivered the Intersection at Garantías Sociales, and is currently working on the Bridge over the Virilla River on National Route 32 and the Sixaola Cross-Border Bridge on the Atlantic border with Panama; an infrastructure project of vital importance for the country.
With 90 construction projects running simultaneously in the five countries in which it operates
, Meco is building a prosperous future for the region. The road has been long, but the harvest has been abundant