Agricultural Products Fuel Growth In Ogdensburg

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Tons of finely ground canola meal are being offloaded from rail cars and stored at the port of Ogdensburg.

This marks the first time the port has handled this type of agricultural product.

"We've seen the ag sector grow over the past couple of years and this is another new product for the port," said Wade Davis of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (OBPA), which operates the port.

The port plans to handle close to 10,000 tons of Canadian-grown canola meal between now and the opening of the new shipping season.

Port officials say the commodities are opening new doors and providing jobs for between 75 and 100 longshoremen.

"The port of Ogdensburg is being discovered by a number of these major grain companies," the OBPA's John Rishe said.

"Most of it's coming in by rail now, which is good for the railroad and we're also optimistic that maybe we can get a vessel or two of product coming in in future years," Rishe said.

If modernization plans at Alcoa's East plant in Massena get underway, OBPA officials are negotiating for the port to play a part.

"There will be some offshore components coming in on that and we've been aggressively pursuing them with Alcoa and their engineering companies, the possibility of using both our rail and port facilities for that in-bound product," Rishe said.

Monday, October 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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