MT. VERNON, IN (WFIE) - An Ohio River Port set a record in the Tri-State in the first quarter of the year.
Port of Indiana Mount Vernon is pumping an estimated $1.1 billion into our local economy.
It offers more than 1,200 acres and 8,000 feet of riverfront.
"We're actually ahead of Louisville, trailing Saint Louis, and ranked up against Memphis," Port Director Phillip Wilzbacher said.
Port of Indiana Mount Vernon is the largest of three across the state by shipping volume and total acres.
"Port of Indiana Mount Vernon will handle over 50 percent of that total tonnage," Wilzbacher calculated.
In 2018's first quarter, they had the highest volume ever for any Indiana port in the first three months of the year: a 6 percent increase over the first quarter of 2017.
"It's encouraging to see that taking place, and it creates optimism for us," Wilzbacher explained.
Contributing factors include big jumps in both coal and grain shipments.
A 16 percent increase came from Alliance Coal company and 27 percent increase in grain and soy products was provided from consolidated grain and barge.
The port provides a global reach, and they're coming off a record year for any port in the system's 57-year history.
"Having very good access to rail and very good access to highway and interstate system is just as important," Wilzbacher said.
Every year, more than 3,600 barges, 40,000 rail cars, and 200,00 trucks pass through the port moving over 6 million tons of cargo.
Port of Indiana Mount Vernon provides more than 7,200 jobs added up to a total personal income of nearly $350 million.