Port Sees Business Expansion, Record Shipments

Gavilon to Renovate and Expand Operations at Tulsa Port

Gavilon LLC has a growing commitment to its location at the Tulsa Port. They recently announced plans to renovate the 45-year-old warehouse and add two new truck loadout areas at the Tulsa Port location. They will also be adding new capabilities for specific fertilizer blends for customers. These upgrades will increase production and shipping efficiency. Gavilon has been operating the Tulsa Port’s dry bulk facility since 2008.

Gavilon is a commodity management firm that covers three different industries – grain, ingredients (feed and food) and fertilizer. They serve customers such as food manufacturers, livestock producers, fertilizer wholesalers, oil refineries and power producers.

“We are proud to have such a dedicated partner located here at the Tulsa Port. Gavilon’s commitment to quality, efficiency and customer service helps carry out the Port’s mission to serve Northeast Oklahoma and the surrounding states,” said Port Authority Chairman Chip McElroy.

River transportation at the Tulsa Port allows Gavilon to help farmers reach broader markets with lower transportation costs. River transportation is also quicker and more efficient for these types of products. The fertilizer products sold to farmers by Gavilon are essential for crop production. The main ingredients of these products are not available economically in all regions.

Access to river transportation allows Gavilon to reach its wide customer base across the Central and Western United States. The Tulsa Port facility has served customers in more than 20 states.

Tulsa Port of Catoosa Ships Record Amount of Soybeans

After decades of handling the shipping needs for manufacturers and farmers across the region, record cargo tonnage is something to celebrate.

In April, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa set a new record. The multimodal shipping facility moved almost 80,000 tons of soybeans, which is the largest volume of soybeans ever shipped through the Tulsa Port during any month of April.  In comparison, this time last year, just under 50,000 tons were shipped. The record soybean shipment reflects another strong month of total barge tonnage for the Tulsa Port. In April 2018, total barge tonnage for the Port was 245,778.

“When our shipping partners are successful, the Tulsa Port is successful,” said McElroy. “This is a strong indication of the agricultural economy, and its resources like the waterway that make it possible to efficiently transport this crop.”

Because it is Oklahoma’s premier inland river port, the Tulsa Port offers a “highway of water” for products to reach anywhere in the world.

“It’s one thing to produce a crop,” said Rick Reimer, Oklahoma Soybean Board representative. “It’s another to get a great market price on shipping. Being able to ship using the Tulsa Port waterway opens up the opportunity for us to be able to reach markets throughout the country and beyond that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach.”

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