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Milwaukee port wins USDOT's Pacesetter award


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. recently named the Port of Milwaukee the winner of the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award.

Named after long-time seaway trade analyst Robert Lewis, the award recognizes the port for posting “significant increases in international cargo during the 2009 navigation season,” according to a prepared statement.

Last year, the port handled 318,000 metric tons of cargo, up 22 percent compared with 2008’s 261,000 metric tons. The Milwaukee facility — which now has won the Pacesetter award nine times — was one of only two U.S. Great Lakes Seaway System ports to post cargo gains last year, USDOT officials said.

“Milwaukee has always looked to the Seaway as a vital marine trade route for moving manufactured and agricultural goods to market and receiving imports,” said Port Manager Eric Reinholt. “That was especially true in 2009, as we saw an increase of 75 percent in grain shipments and handled an 800-ton transformer, one of the biggest pieces of project cargo we’ve moved in recent years.”

Last summer, the transformer was imported through the St. Lawrence Seaway on a heavy-lift ship to the port, then transferred to a Union Pacific Railroad train, which completed final delivery.

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