Hartley Marine To Operate Walker General Cargo Terminal In Paducah, Ky.

Hartley Marine Corp. will lease and operate the Riverport General Cargo Facility, according to a recent agreement between Hartley and the Paducah-McCracken County Port Authority. The facility is located at approximately Mile 1.3 on the Tennessee River at the junction of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.

The terminal will operate under the name of Walker General Cargo Terminal, stated Ken Wheeler, president of Hartley Marine. Walker is a part of Hartley, which is a division of Midland Affiliated Company, one of the largest inland waterways transportation companies in the U.S. In addition to the terminal, Walker's Paducah operations include a boat yard, a midstream operation and R & W Marine.

The agreement is expected to offer a number of benefits to both parties. According to Wayne Meunier, port director, the Port Authority will have more time to develop the Port of Paducah. Mr. Meunier said he will actively solicit new business prospects for all existing port facilities and attempt to develop new industrial growth in the Port Authority's Industrial Park.

Enthusiastic about the agreement, Mr. Wheeler pointed out that the terminal is particularly well-suited to handle specialty cargoes such as veneer logs and zircon sand. The facility is serviced by all transportation modes and has over 35,000 square feet of covered storage. Mr. Wheeler indicated that his company looks forward to operating the Walker General Cargo Terminal and has established a goal of maintaining the facility's excellent reputation.

For additional information, contact David Harris at 502/444- 4000.

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