(Altneuland, Benjamin Zeev Herzl).
It took no small measure of vision and imagination for Benjamin Zeev Herzl to realize that in order to become an independent state that provides its own building materials, Israel had to have its own cement factory. In his book, Altneuland, Herzl noted that it would be best if the factory were built in Haifa, a city for which he predicted a promising future as a leading port city.
And indeed, the first bag of cement to exit the gates of the Nesher plant in Haifa in 1925 marked the start of Nesher's long and fascinating history which is interwoven with that of the State of Israel.
From the development and building of the Jewish home in Israel, through Israel’s establishment as an independent state that supplies its own building materials, and up to the present, Nesher has supplied and still supplies most of the cement used in Israel today and employs hundreds of workers in its cement manufacturing plants. Nesher continues to promote local cement production using local raw materials while meeting most of Israel's cement consumption requirements.