Yesterday, at the Senator Dan Dougherty Harbor (Lake Calumet), the Illinois International Port District (IIPD) embarked on its first major capital project, which will play a pivotal role in the growth and in the life of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, as well as the region. As the only Great Lakes and Inland Rivers Port, the vitality of the IIPD is of global importance. This improvement project begins to bring the IIPD back to the forefront of logistical planning in North America.
“This multi-year, multi-million-dollar project will begin to usher in a new and exciting era at the Illinois International Port District,” said Clayton Harris III, Executive Director for the IIPD.
Current tenants and clients at the IIPD will see immediate benefits, from a totally revamped roadway to ease of service and more efficient operations. Future tenants and clients will be attracted to the logistics center of the “Greatest Multimodal Port in North America,” as the arteries to the heart of transportation are cleared.
“This capital improvement will help us facilitate sustained growth at our Lake Calumet facility,” said Stephen Mosher, Vice President of the North America Stevedoring Company. “Sustained growth allows us to continue to create more opportunities in the region.”
About Illinois International Port District:
Founded in the late 1950s, the IIPD was established as an independent municipal corporation to oversee harbor and port development across 1,600 acres of marshland at Lake Calumet. Today, the IIPD operates on two waterway systems and moves more general cargo than any other port on the Great Lakes, maintaining Chicago’s place among the top 36 ports in the nation. The IIPD is also the Grantee for Foreign-Trade Zone #22.