American River Transportation Company (ARTCO), a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), today announced plans to launch new barge fleeting and switching operations in the Cairo, Illinois, harbor starting January 1, 2016.
The Cairo harbor is a vital hub in the inland waterway supply chain. The new operation will be based in Wickliffe, Kentucky
, and will provide fleeting and switching operations from mile 948 on the Lower Mississippi River
to mile 29 on the Upper Mississippi and mile 974 on the Ohio River.
“ARTCO is the only company in the inland waterway system that can provide a self-contained supply chain to our customers, which allows us to provide better, more efficient and cost-effective service,” said Jason Porter, vice president, ARTCO operations. “This new location provides strategic access to the Lower Mississippi, Upper Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and will allow ARTCO to directly provide a complete range of services in the Cairo market without relying on any third-party support, giving our customers a truly one-stop solution to meet their worldwide transportation demands.”