NEWS RELEASE For Release Tuesday, September 10, 2013 For more information, Jeff Fleming (414-286-8580)
Award for Past Success Provides Mayor with an Opportunity to Announce Infrastructure Investment at the Port of Milwaukee MILWAUKEE – On behalf of the Port of Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett accepted the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter award Tuesday from Administrator Betty Sutton of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and he used the opportunity to discuss infrastructure investment plans for the Port. The Pacesetter award recognizes Great Lakes ports that have increased international cargo tonnage in 2012. Milwaukee is one of eight U.S. Ports to be honored with the award. Tim Hoelter, the president of the Board of Harbor Commissioners joined the Mayor in accepting the award. “The Port of Milwaukee is an important link connecting local and regional businesses with international markets,” SLSDC Administrator Sutton said “This award celebrates an increase in cargo moving through the Saint Lawrence Seaway by way of the Port of Milwaukee, and it also celebrates a stronger manufacturing sector in and around Milwaukee.”
Paul Vornholt, Acting Port Director, Mayor Tom Barrett, Administrator Betty Sutton, and Harbor Commission president Tim Hoelter
“The team here at the Port supports businesses in the region, and they have done a very good job as today’s award demonstrates,” Mayor Barrett said.
The Port of Milwaukee provides cost-effective transportation options to Milwaukee companies receiving raw materials and shipping finished products. This year the Port has handled a wide range of cargoes including a mining shovel headed to western Mexico, enormous beer brewing tanks headed to south-central Wisconsin, oversized electrical transformers arriving through the Saint Lawrence Seaway, and hundreds-of-thousands of tons of bulk cargo such as salt, grain, and coal. Mayor Barrett emphasized an efficient Port adds to the attractiveness of Milwaukee as a site for manufacturing by lowering the costs associated with transportation. That, in turn, helps create jobs at local companies. In 2014, Mayor Barrett said, the City plans to invest $500-thousand dollars in rail improvements at the Port. The Mayor has also approved plans for the Port to replace one of its large cranes. --more--
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That investment of several million dollars will assure the Port is a reliable partner in moving cargo in an out of Milwaukee by ship. “Milwaukee city government can play a role in the success of our private sector economy,” Mayor Barrett said. “And with these new investments, we are continuing to provide transportation services that help local businesses reach their worldwide markets.” The Port of Milwaukee is an economic entity of city government governed by the seven-member Board of Harbor Commissioners, a panel appointed by Mayor Barrett and confirmed by the Common Council. It administers operations on the 467 acres that make up the Port. It promotes shipping and commerce throughout the region by providing access to domestic and international ships, rail, and over-the-road transportation. ###