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The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon has completed a $2 million capital improvement project geared toward attracting more cargo to the southwest Indiana port.
The project called for installation of a new concrete floor and an overhead gantry crane at the 40-year-old general cargo terminal facility, port officials announced late last week.
The electric-powered crane spans 75 feet and has a 60-ton lifting capacity with twin, 30-ton hoists. It is used to load and unload general cargo between barge, rail, truck and warehouse. The new 53,000-square-foot transit shed floor can sustain load-bearing capacity to accommodate the maximum weight of general cargo.
"We planned the capital improvement projects around a key component of our targeted marketing strategy to attract a steel-related facility to the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon's 544-acre megasite," said Phil Wilzbacher, the port's director. "The overhead gantry crane is well-suited to handle steel coils. The concrete floor brings the original facility to a nearly like-new condition."
The crane was manufactured by Zenar Corp., assembled by TMI Mechanical Contractors and will be operated by Consolidated Terminal and Logistics Co.
Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon connects to North America's rail network through the Evansville Western Railway.