2.33 million TEUs, up more

than 52% from 2020 and exceeding the previous high of

2.27 million TEUs set in

March. Port Milwaukee, which

doesn’t even move containerized maritime cargo, saw its throughput grow during the worst of the pandemic, up 5% from 2019, according to Port Director Adam Tindall-Schlicht. While he says 2021 got to a

“off slower start,” he

says Milwaukee offers a geographically strategic advantage,

especially since

to look at whether their cargoes may be suited for bulk transit compared to containerization.” Therein lies the Midwest’s

superpower: centrality helps explain why intermodal operations have barely skipped a beat through the pandemic, C-suiters there say.

Consider pet shampoo Cosmos Corp., which

recently invested $25.7 million to expand its pet-care manufacturing headquarters in the St. Louis area, consistently makes 90% of its freight moves in North America within two days and 100% within three days, according to Mary Lamie, Executive Director of the St. Louis Regional Freightway. “We didn’t see any

slowdown until about June or July of 2020, and then it lasted for just about a month and picked right back up. It’s been steady and busy since then,” she says. Never mind that St. Louis

“The port is operating at 2025 monthly volumes without the

necessary five years of investment in the supply-chain infrastructure.” -- John Atkins, Global Container Terminals USA

the Lake Michigan port is experiencing no backlogs in its specialty sectors: bulk, breakbulk and project cargo. He adds: “During the

past several months, Port Milwaukee has received multiple calls from customers in the area expressing their frustration with the supply chain situation. We have encouraged customers

is the nation’s third-largest rail hub, with six Class 1 rail operators, including Union Pacific, BNSF, CSX and Norfolk Southern. “The level of modal

flexibility available in the St. Louis region means we haven’t seen the disruption or congestion that has occurred in other areas,” Lamie explains.

The St. Louis region is an exceptional place for industrial site selection. The region utilizes its position in the international freight network, leverages domestic shipping advantages, and offers a deep, readily available workforce, from the C-Suite to the shop floor and everywhere in between.

She also happens to

mention Long Beach, among Freightway’s growing relationships with several ports on both coasts, and Mario Cordero coincidentally brings up growing ties between and Middle America and the Port of Long Beach,

Aerial shot of the port and its Duluth Cargo Connect facilities. (Photo credit: David Schauer)

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where he is executive director. “We are in the beginning of


relationships with inland ports,” he says, noting a “great potential in the westbound export of cargo from Midwest exporters who may not have previously shipped through the Port of Long Beach.” In May, the port reached

an agreement with the Utah Inland Port A u t hor i ty ,

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