Port Reopens with Kaw Valley Companies as the New Operator, Terminal Development Continues
The Port of Kansas City - Woodswether Terminal is once again a premier shipping option for barges traveling the Missouri River. The Port Authority of Kansas City, MO is partnering with Kaw Valley Companies to serve as the operator for the port facility. This partnership marks the reopening of the Port after seven years.
"This partnership creates a new beginning for river borne commerce in Kansas City. Once again, Kansas City will provide an additional transportation solution in order to stay competitive regionally, nationally and internationally. Our goal is to provide efficient use of our waterway as a navigable resource for regional and global trade, and serve as a support nexus to rail and roadway shipping," said Michael Collins, President & CEO of the Port Authority of Kansas City.
Kaw Valley was founded in 1984 by Ben Kates as a sand and gravel mining and Distribution Company and has diversified its operations into recycling, demolition, excavation, grading and now port operations.
"Kaw Valley Companies looks at the port operating venture as an opportunity not only to grow our business but to further control our transportation costs and offer our customers savings and new transportation options for Kansas City and the region. In partnership with the Port Authority of Kansas City, MO we will be able to reach and grow a larger network of shippers, receivers, manufacturers, distributors and agricultural suppliers presently served by only rail and road carriers," said Dan Hays with Kaw Valley Companies.
Temporary Administrative Office
The Port Authority continues to develop the port terminal. Recent work includes re-roofing two warehoused, purchase of a truck scale and positioning a temporary administrative office. Additionally, work continues on electrical and conveying systems. This should all be completed by the end of December.
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