June 2012

America’s Central Port Hosts RCGA Energy and Environment Council Meeting

Granite City,IL– The St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce Association (RCGA) held their quarterly Energy and Environmental Council meeting on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at America’s Central Port. The Council is made up of regional businesses and companies that are working to address environmental and related issues in the St. Louis metropolitan area. America’s Central Port is a partner in the RCGA Green Business Challenge.

ACP Executive Director Dennis Wilmsmeyer addresses members of the RCGA Energy and Environment Committee

Members of the Council heard from Dennis Wilmsmeyer, the Port’s Executive Director and he presented an overview of the Port’s environmental management measures. The group also heard from Steve Ibendahl, a representative of Heartlands Conservancy, who discussed the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. Karen Stallman, the Sustainability Director of Southwestern Illinois College talked about the Illinois Green Economy Network and the programs and services at the college that will promote sustainable development. Finally, the group toured the Abengoa Bio Energy Plant located at the Port and heard from Dave Henderson, the plant’s manager about the ethanol production process.

North Bay Produce Comes to MidAmerica Airport

Mascoutah– On Thursday, June 14, 2012 Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern, Airport Director Tim Cantwell and officials with North Bay Produce announce the opening of a $5.7 million dollar 37,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse located at MidAmerica Airport.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and St. Clair County officials announce the opening of the new North Bay Produce Warehouse

The refrigerated facility, capable of freezing up to 120 tons of blueberries and other fruits and vegetables, was opened by North Bay Produce. The warehousing operation will serve as a conduit for berries and other fruit grown across north and south America. When fully operational, the warehouse will have 80 jobs and serve as a gateway to provide fruits and vegetables to China and other markets. The warehouse’s central location allows for better transportation costs and increases the time the products can be made available to consumers. Much of the product stored in the facility will come via the airport. MidAmerica Airport serves as part of Foreign Trade Zone #31 which operates out of America’s Central Port.