JOHNSTOWN - Hundreds of community members and supporting clients turned out for the Port of Johnstown's premiere Port Day on Saturday, June 4.
Among the guest speakers was Chamber of Marine Commerce President Stephen Brooks. He commended the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal, Port staff and community supporters for expanding and upgrading the facility to attract millions of dollars in investment.
"Eastern Ontario farmers and manufacturers now have access to world-class facilities to import and export goods throughout the Great Lakes and to more than 60 countries via the St. Lawrence Seaway," he said.
Port General Manager Robert Dalley said ongoing upgrades, including a new bypass access road to allow for height-restricted, over-sized cargo, have helped double cargo shipments. Grain storage has also been expanded by a further 10,000 tons. Cargo tonnage since April 10th shows a 100% increase over last year.
"As it marks its 85th anniversary, the Port is well positioned to keep on growing, creating more jobs, investment and tax dollars for our community," said Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau.
Other guest speakers included Leeds Grenville MPP Steve Clark, Joanne van Moorsel from GreenField Specialty Alcohols, Tom Lynch from Ingredion Canada Corporation, Gino Becerra of La Coop Fédérée and Scott Krakar of Longon Agricultural Commodities Inc.
The free event featured tours of the Port and the Canadian Coast Guard's CCGS Griffon, displays by agricultural clients including Ingredion and GreenField Specialty Alcohols, a BBQ, a children's play area, archery games hosted by the Grenville Fish and Game Club and live music by Sons of Gord.