Tulsa Port of Catoosa reports November 2017 shipping tonnage; celebrates 50,000th barge!
Tulsa Port of Catoosa reports November 2017 shipping tonnage, celebrates 50,000th barge to come through since 1971.
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa celebrated a major milestone in history this week. The 50,000th barge to be served at the Port completed its journey along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS). This barge brought in a shipment of steel coils that will be used to serve Tulsa area businesses. This shipment was indicative of another successful month for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. There were 256,180 tons of cargo shipped in and out of the Port during the month of November 2017.
One company that relies on steel shipped through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa is Whirlpool Corporation. The global manufacturer of home appliances boasts approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 93,000 employees and a plant location right here in the Tulsa area.
The Tulsa plant receives approximately 160 million pounds of steel shipped by barge and rail annually and is on schedule to manufacture approximately 2 million units in 2017. Paul Rushing, Tulsa Plant Manager, attended the 50,000th barge celebration on Dec. 12 to speak about the importance of waterway shipping to Whirlpool’s continued success.
“We are now competing in a global market, with global competitors,” Rushing said. “Having low cost transportation through the Port of Catoosa is vital to Whirlpool’s success in remaining the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world.”
Each barge on the waterway carries the equivalent load of 60 semi-trucks. It is not only the most cost-effective manner of moving goods, it is also the greenest, with lower emissions and higher ton-miles of cargo moved than any other mode of transportation.
“Manufacturing strengthens America,” Rushing said. “More than 80 percent of the products sold by Whirlpool in the United States are manufactured domestically.”
The Tulsa plant currently manufacturers slide-in and freestanding ranges for brands such as Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air. The Tulsa plant employs more than 1,700 people and has seen expansions since its opening in 1996.