October 2014

Port District Announces New Phase of Harbor Construction

South Harbor Terminal Groundbreaking

From left to right: Bill Paape, Acting Director of Office of Gateways for U.S. Dept. of Transportation Maritime Administration, Ellen McCurdy, Senior Policy Advisor to the ILDCEO Director, Kelli Gilliam Commercial Relationship Manager at Regions Bank, Dale Stewart, Executive Director of Southwestern Illinois Building Trades Construction Council, Mayor John Hamm III of Madison IL,America’s Central Port Commissioner, Andy Economy, America’s Central Port Commissioner, Frank Miles, Madison County Community Development Administrator, Paul Wellhausen, Vice President at SCF Lewis and Clark Marine, and Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director at America’s Central Port.


Madison County, IL, Board of Directors and staff members at America’s Central Port welcomed state and local officials for the ground breaking of the second phase of the South Harbor project. With the approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers, construction on the South Harbor Terminals is officially underway. This phase will completely install the conveyor system that is responsible for loading barges to be sent on the river with commodities brought into the Port via truck and rail.

“Currently the Port District’s operators move more than 2.5 million tons of fertilizer, steel, agricultural products and petroleum annually,” stated Bob Shipley, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners at America’s Central Port. “The completion of this phase, and project as a whole, will enable us to transport more goods, and have an even greater impact on the region.”

The new terminals, constructed by Korte- Luitjohn and TWM Engineers,  will be operated by SCF Lewis and Clark Marine who currently serves the North Harbor as well. These additional cargo opportunities will help generate an additional 10 to 15 jobs at America’s Central Port, located in Southwestern Madison County.

“Job creation is a focal point of the Port District and Madison County, and that is one reason the two have worked so well over the years,” said Alan Dunstan, Madison County Board Chairman. ” This new investment will mean construction jobs, and retained and new jobs to operate this facility.  But that’s not the end; the Port’s vision is to attract new companies and development to invest in the property, utilize these assets and become good, new corporate citizens of our communities.”