August 2014

St. Louis as a Distribution Hub

Tilt-up with Korte truck ACP job

Yes, the year was 1989. We remember the hair, the music, and the Berlin Wall. What you may not remember is the big step America’s Central Port took in building St. Louis as a distribution hub.

“The Korte Company built the first commercial warehouse building out here,” said Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director of America’s Central Port. “It was a 150,000 square-foot building.”

America’s Central Port is located in Madison County, IL, just across the river from downtown St. Louis. Today, the folks there handle 1.7 million square feet of warehouse space, 70,000 square feet of office space, a 150-unit apartment complex and 1,200 acres of property they lease to new companies that bring jobs. It’s a major part of St. Louis’ growth as a distribution hub.

Working directly with contractors and financial institutions, America’s Central Port has spent the past 25 years building strategically-located structures and putting in the supporting infrastructure necessary for efficient, cost-saving distribution.

“We were able to lower (distributors’) overall costs by putting some things like the roadway network in, the waterlines, utilities, storm lines, sewer lines,” Wilmsmeyer said.

They’ve built in rail service by Terminal Railroad Association, which includes access to all Class 1 carriers. They’ve provided access to major Interstate highways within 7 – 10 minutes. And they offer Mississippi river contact at Locks and Dam #27. They call it “main on main on main.”

By bringing together resources, property and transportation access, America’s Central Port has brought business to the region. In the heart of the Great Recession, between 2007 – 2010, they helped bring $300 million of new investment into our town — from new companies that bring jobs.

To view the full story published by The Korte Company, click here

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Governor Quinn Signs legislation to expand Port Boundaries



Governor Quinn holds up the signed legislation that expands the jurisdiction of the Port District.

Legislation becomes effective that expands the current boundaries of America’s Central Port northward.

Granite City, IL, August 1, 2014:  Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation today which will more than double the size of the Port District’s boundaries. Earlier this year, Senator Bill Haine and Representative Dan Beiser submitted legislation to expand the Port’s current boundaries to the north to include the townships of Wood River, Alton and Godfrey in Madison County and the Townships of Elsah and Quarry in Jersey County. The new law not only expands the Port’s boundaries and economic development powers, but also expands the number of Board Members from seven to nine. The legislation also officially changes the legal name from Tri-City Regional Port District to America’s Central Port.

The Port, originally created in 1959, has experienced significant growth and has become a leading economic development organization in Southwestern Madison County. Its facilities have an annual $282 million impact on Madison County and support an estimated 1,500 jobs. Bob Shipley, Port Board Chairman, said “Over $300 million in investment has occurred at the Port in the past decade and the Port is in the process of completing a new $45 million South Harbor on the Mississippi River.  This overall investment by the Port and the private sector is a good indication of what the Port hopes to accomplish in the expanded territory.”

Dennis Wilmsmeyer, the Port’s Executive Director, indicated that the new legislation will allow the Port to expand its economic development presence in Madison and Jersey Counties as well as allow the Port to initiate redevelopment projects at former vacant and underutilized industrial sites in the area. “The expanded Port will have a strategic location at the heart of the United States’ inland waterway system which will allow us to serve three major rivers: the Mississippi, the Missouri, and the Illinois,” he said.

The signing ceremony took place in front of the Port District’s office building located at 1635 W. First Street in Granite City, IL at 3:45 PM.