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Three ships and multiple barges are a rare sight in December.

BURNS HARBOR FINISHES YEAR STRONG

St. Lawrence Seaway traffic up in 2021.

The Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor had a great November and December. Year-to-date, Burns Harbor was up more than 25 percent in seaway/maritime business. "We saw a lot of late-season coils, slabs and bulk cargos," said port director Ryan McCoy. "We had very full docks and a busy schedule up to the close of the season. With warm weather in the long-range forecast, we believe barge traffic will stay strong."

Overall, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo traffic increased 1.6 percent in 2021 (through November) and the number of vessels was up. Top performing commodities for the Seaway included grain, iron ore and steel. 


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Heavy Haul route will serve increasing freight traffic.

HEAVY HAUL TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR OPEN IN JEFFERSONVILLE

New road will drive future growth for Port and regional industries.

The opening of the final leg of the Heavy Haul Transportation corridor is open in Jeffersonville. Construction began in late 2019 to provide a continuous route for heavy haul vehicles between River Ridge Commerce Center and the Ports of Indiana. The $14.5 million, two-lane roadway is designed to withstand vehicle weights of up to 134,000 pounds. The road will provide better access to the north and east sides of the terminal.

“The road not only provides direct access from the new East End Crossing bridge right to our Port facilities, but it also connects the Ports of Indiana–Jeffersonville to the River Ridge Commerce Center, allowing new freight opportunities for truck and river/barge shipments," said Andrea Hermer, Ports of Indiana chief operating officer. "This new road corridor, along with the recent completion of our $24 million TIGER grant project which expands riverfront and rail freight capabilities at the Port, come together, establishing this new regionally-significant freight corridor, and driving future growth for port, local and regional industries.” 

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Sunrise at Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON IS THE ENERGY & AGRICULTURE PORT

Did you know...

Once known as the Southwind Maritime Center, The Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon is a national leader in throughput tonnage, averaging 4 million tons of grain, grain products, coal, fertilizer, cement and minerals annually. It is the largest public port within 175 miles of the Ohio-Mississippi rivers' confluence and one of the richest grain production areas in the world. 

Mount Vernon is one of the top tonnage ports on the Ohio River and one of few crane terminals providing direct cargo transfer between truck, rail, barge and warehouse. There are many industrial sites available for development.

CONTACT BEN FOR DETAILS

The Mount Vernon plant specializes in barium sulfate and talc.

SPOTLIGHT: CIMBAR PERFORMANCE MINERALS

Cimbar Performance Minerals MV, LLC is located on the Mount Vernon campus.

Cimbar has developed into a global business focused on minerals and additives, engineered to enhance the performance, appearance, processing and functionality in a broad range of product markets including industrial, automotive, pharmaceutical and consumer-based applications. The Mount Vernon plant specializes in barium sulfate and talc.

The company constantly seeks new solutions utilizing the most up-to-date mineral processing technology and know-how. By listening to customer needs and carefully following ISO 9000 based quality systems, Cimbar delivers products that not only meet rigid specifications but also conform to specific formulation requirements.

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The Peacock family: Jody, Conor, Orla & Nessa

MEET JODY PEACOCK

Jody Peacock is the senior vice president of business development.

Jody started in 2001 and serves as the senior vice president of business development, leading efforts to find new business opportunities for Indiana’s Ports. He lives on the Indianapolis/Brownsburg border and is married to Dr. Orla Hart. They have two lively children, Nessa (5) and Conor (2.5).

  • BEACH or Mountains? They love family adventures to the beach and the mountains, but the current vacation priorities are swimming, sandcastles and loads of sunscreen.
  • Favorite FOOD? Linguine with white clam sauce is the winner.
  • FUN Fact: Jody was named the most valuable athlete at Pennsylvania’s Westtown High School and has broad sports interests, ranging from winning the inaugural Norfolk Southern Ports Golf Tournament, being an Indiana District High School Volleyball Coach of the Year to winning an international hurling championship in Galway, Ireland.
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THE rePORT

Big things are happening at the Ports of Indiana (POI) and we want YOU to stay informed. This monthly e-news covers our three Ports:

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