he success of Constructora Meco lies in a mixture of passion and perseverance that our founders, Ángel Américo Cerdas – known as Meco – and his son Carlos Cerdas Araya, introduced in 1977. Thanks to their vision and energy, the company emerged by defying one of the worst economic crisis of the early 1990s, time when Meco ventured to discover new markets: Nicaragua in 1992 and Panama in 1996.
Carlos Cerdas keeps transmitting that vision, whose expansion goals in Central America lead Constructora Meco to win projects in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia and of course Costa Rica, where its headquarters are located today.
In 1996, MECO began a profitable business relation with the Panama Canal Authority, who after 21 years of working together granted more than $567 million in works. Among them, the PAC3, PAC4 and Borinquen Dams projects, in the expansion of one of the most important engineering projects worldwide.
Thanks to this experience acquired with the Panama Canal Authority, MECO was awarded with more than $2 billion in works by the Government of Colombia for the concessions of Cartagena – Barranquilla and Circunvalar de la Prosperidad beltway in Colombia, Conexión Pacífico 3 Highway and Honda – Puerto Salgar – Girardot Project.
‘‘Nowadays, Meco spreads out the employees of the business with over 6 thousand employees, including engineers, operators, assistants, welders, mechanics, etc. As a matter of fact, many of them joined don Ángel and don Carlos in the early days of the company.’’