Friday, June 21, 2024

The Port welcomes new tenant with groundbreaking

by BIZ Magazine

Ground was broken for The Port of Caddo-Bossier’s newest tenant, Sunny Point Aggregates, on Wednesday, May 11 in Shreveport.

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.

“I am really excited to witness and take part in this ground breaking today. The economic impact this will have on our community in Bossier City is going to be great. It will really be good for us,” said Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler. 

Sunny Point Aggregates plans to remove 45 million tons of frac sand from an oxbow lake off the Red River. The company anticipates the project will generate 3 million tons of frac sand a year. This additional product will help to reduce costs associated with the Haynesville shale drilling.

“This project is a win-win for the area,” said Walter Bigby, president of the Caddo-Bossier Port Commission. “The dredging will create 40 new jobs for the area. At the same time, the dredging will help to alleviate flooding along the Red River.”

This project is a joint partnership between Performance Proppants, the parent company of Sunny Point Aggregates, and The Port of Caddo-Bossier.

“The Port of Caddo-Bossier checked a number of boxes that we were looking for,” said Performance Proppants President Bill Bowdon. “First, we can expand the site which was a critical part of our growth plan. Secondly, the future I-69 service road will give trucks carrying our products quicker access to Haynesville Shale wells. And lastly, the Port has the infrastructure we need to be successful.”

Justyn Dixon, president and CEO of North Louisiana Economic Partnership, expressed his excitement at having a new tenant for the Port.

“Each time a company grows in our region, it makes an incredible impact and speaks highly of North Louisiana. It truly takes the entire community working together to achieve economic development,” Dixon said. “Congratulations to The Port of Caddo-Bossier and everyone else involved with this win.”

The 4,000-acre Port of Caddo-Bossier is an industrial park and inland multi-modal transportation and distribution center located at the head of navigation on the Red River Waterway in Northwest Louisiana, about four miles south of the city limits of the City of Shreveport. 

The unique location advantages allow the Port to provide businesses here a link to domestic and international markets via the Mississippi River, the nation’s largest river system, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. 

The Port of Caddo-Bossier welcomed its first load of cargo in 1995 and has received more than 9 million tons of barge freight since that time. In addition, our rail business at the Port has handled over 8 million tons of rail freight. 

— STACEY TINSLEY, BIZ. Magazine

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