Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor plans for major growth after landmark year
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor completed a landmark year in 2017 and is poised for significant future growth as a result of several historic developments. In addition to handling an 8 percent increase in cargo shipments in 2017, the port doubled the size of its bulk terminal, attracted a nationally renowned stevedore in Metro Ports, handled its most valuable cargo ever and announced a $20 million expansion made possible by earning one of only 10 FASTLANE small project grants.
In 2017, the port was awarded a $9.85 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation that will supplement an approximately $20 million expansion, which includes the construction of two rail yards, a new shipping berth, a truck marshalling yard, a 1,200-foot dock expansion, and a new bulk cargo terminal with multimodal connections for handling transfers between ships, barges, rail cars and trucks.
“This expansion will allow our current companies to continue to grow and help us attract new business for our port and the Northwest Indiana economy,” said port Director Ian Hirt.