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Ports of Indiana has issued a request for qualifications to identify potential operators of the general cargo terminal at the port in Mount Vernon.
The 11-acre facility includes three warehouses totaling 90,000 square feet, potential connections to five Class Is and a 60-ton dual-lift crane capable of transloading cargo between warehouse, barge, truck and rail, Ports of Indiana officials said in a press release.
Responses to the RFQ are due July 7.
"Ports of Indiana is looking for more than just a breakbulk stevedore," said Jason May, director of the Mount Vernon port. "The terminal operator would be expected to grow and diversify shipments, partner with the port on facility expansions and drive projects that create significant economic benefits for the regional economy.”
The terminal has received $2.5 million in upgrades in recent years, including a 60-ton electric crane installed in 2020 and a barge winch system installed this year.
The port has barge fleeting and rail switching companies on site, as well as more than 600 acres of industrial sites available for future business development and expansion.