PRODUCTION of stone and road base material should resume at Mount Isa's defunct CEC quarry within days.
Concrete company Boral has taken over the venture breathing new life into the industry.
Boral manager Greyson Russell said the company had been forced to get its materials from Townsville since the closures of both the CEC and Mount Isa Civil Constructions (MICCON) quarries early last year.
"We were sourcing our stone from Cloncurry but they've been having major issues with their crushing plant for a while," he said.
Transporting material from Townsville cut significantly into profits, he said.
"It's costing us on top of the material price, $90 a tonne in cartage," he said.
Mr Russell estimated Boral had spent $250,000 on transport last month.
He said he hoped production would start today with aggregate available early next week.
"Hopefully this will be the answer to my problems," he said.
"We've had fairly significant problems in the last 18 months with suppliers." He said Boral would sell other suppliers aggregate.
The closure of the CEC and MICCON quarries has caused major headaches for construction projects and aggregate suppliers across the North West in the past year.
In November, the Mount Isa City Council blamed the unavailability of suitable road base materials for incidences of bitumen bleed on some of the town's busiest streets.
More recently, work on a skate park in Dajarra was postponed as Mount Isa had run out of concrete.
The CEC quarry was closed in early 2011 before its parent company CEC Group went into receivership in May with debts of $135 million.