Friday, April 12, 2013
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, April 11 to celebrate Ingram Barge’s new office building located at 1000 Highway 44 in Reserve. Chairman and President of Ingram Industries Orrin Ingram and his wife Lee Ann, Chief Executive Officer Craig Philip and General Manager Arnie Rothstein were joined by a large contingency of Ingram employees, Parish President Natalie Robottom, Parish Council Members, Administrative Staff and a host of other elected officials, community members and local businesses. Following a brief ceremony, the afternoon ended with a seafood lunch prepared by BRS Seafood in Reserve and music was played by Eddie Veatch.
“We are pleased that Ingram Barge decided to locate their new office building along St. John’s historical River Road and partake of our community and its culture,” said Parish President Robottom. “I understand the significance of this company and the economic impact of the businesses located on the river, not only for St. John, but Louisiana and the United States. We look forward to Ingram’s continued success and pledge our support in collaboration with LED, GNO, Inc., the Port of South Louisiana, and our Parish Economic Development Department.”
The Ingram family has managed Ingram Barge since its inception in 1946 and the company has operated along the batcher of the Mississippi River in St. John for decades. As one of the United States’ largest inland carriers, Ingram Barge moves bulk commodities such as ore, grains and coal through the Mississippi River System, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and other US inland waterways. It operates a fleet of more than 130 towboats and 4,000 barges which hauls about 100 million tons of cargo every year. During Reserve’s Centennial Celebration, Ingram Barge minted commemorative coins in support of 150 years of Reserve’s existence and also in support of our troops that serve us every day. “This capital investment furthers what we know is true - there is wave of economic development opportunities in St. John the Baptist Parish,” said Robottom.
For more information on Ingram Barge, visit www.ingrambarge.com.