Major agricultural maritime export facility breaks ground at Port of Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) – A reported $35-million agricultural maritime export facility broke ground Friday, Oct. 15, on Jones Island in Milwaukee in what is the largest one-time investment in Port Milwaukee history since the 1950's.

On Friday, representatives from the Port of Milwaukee, DeLong and the city of Milwaukee were joined by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Representative Gwen Moore, federal, state and local officials, and port customers and stakeholders to highlight the investment in the Milwaukee area.

“Milwaukee is an integral link in the Wisconsin economy. In this case, we are connecting Wisconsin agriculture with world markets,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. “The combined support from local, state, and federal officials affirms the importance of this development. DeLong’s arrival at Port Milwaukee is a great addition to the city’s marine commerce.”

Officials say that the new facility, located on the west side of Jones Island, will be one of the first on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway (GLSLS) system to handle various agricultural commodities via truck, rail and international vessel, including Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGs).

Port of Milwaukee representatives indicated that the facility will open Wisconsin’s maritime and agricultural economies to new international markets for this and other products.

Reports indicate that the facility is expected to be fully operational by April 2023, coinciding with the annual start of Port Milwaukee’s international shipping season.

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