Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Room to grow at Port with new warehouse

by BIZ Magazine

By Stacey Tinsley, BIZ. Magazine

The Port of Caddo-Bossier celebrated the opening of its new warehouse with a special ribbon cutting on June 30.

The Port was joined by the Red River Waterway Commission and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to cut the ribbon for it’s new 100,000 sq. ft. heavy-load warehouse.

The ceremony marked the final conclusion of a project that began construction in October 2019. 

Construction was completed in February and in March, Odyssey Logistics expanded their current Port of Caddo-Bossier operations into the new warehouse, giving them a total of 310,000 square feet of warehouse space.

The warehouse space is also housing steel coils for Ternium USA, which is another tenant at The Port of Caddo-Bossier. Odyssey has added five new employees as a result of the expansion.

Port of Caddo-Bossier Executive Director Eric England speaking to audience members during a news conference at a new spacious warehouse at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. (Stacey Tinsley/BIZ. Magazine)

“The new warehouse will equip Odyssey Logistics, Ternium, and other customers to be better prepared for whatever market issues or Mother Nature can throw at us,” said Walter Bigby Jr., president of the Caddo-Bossier Port Commission. “Tenants can ramp-up inventory levels ahead of any worldwide or national transportation supply chain disruptions, thus making them more efficient and profitable.”

The new facility is located at 4000 Doug Attaway Boulevard at The Port of Caddo-Bossier. It is accessible by both rail and truck. It has two 40-ton cranes, plus air handlers to provide heat and ventilation. The warehouse was constructed to accommodate heavy loads.

“As part of its mission, the Red River Waterway Commission works to promote economic development along the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway,” said Colin Brown, executive director of the Red River Waterway Commission. “The continued growth and development of The Port of Caddo-Bossier plays a key role in that development. The opening of this new heavy-load industrial warehouse is yet another success story for our region that is a direct result of the vision of and the continued partnership between the Commission, the Port, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.”

The ribbon cutting follows a groundbreaking held for the Port’s newest tenant, Sunny Point Aggregates, on May 11. 

The company is building a new sand and proppants processing facility at the port. When completed, the new facility will occupy a 43-acre tract of riverfront property in an area known as Scopini Island, which is located in Bossier Parish.

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