Friday, November 17, 2017

Bulk Tenant Returns to Longview

By Karen Robes Meeks

International Raw Materials (IRM) is returning to the Port of Longview. The Philadelphia-based company, which operated in Longview from 1981 to 2001, has recently signed an agreement with the Washington seaport to lease its Bridgeview Terminal.The company plans to make Longview its flagship location for exporting dry-bulk cargo, according to the port.

“IRM appreciates the opportunity to return to a port and a community that played a significant role in our company’s history and intends to grow and sustain commodity volumes through the facility and increase job frequency and revenue,” said IRM Vice President Tim Mahoney. “We have immediate intentions to improve existing components of the bulk loadout facility, while working to expand the on-site rail footprint.”

The port had been looking for a new tenant after its contract with Kinder Morgan expired.

“Based on their previous operating record at the port, I’m confident IRM will successfully operate Bridgeview Terminal,” said Commission President Doug Averett. “I’m looking forward to a long-term partnership that will bring additional economic vitality to our region.”