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Port of South Louisiana Unveils New HQ and Rebranding

The Port of South Louisiana recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of its brand-new headquarters building in Reserve, Louisiana. The state-of-the-art facility is situated in PortSL's three-parish jurisdiction at its Globalplex Intermodal Terminal along the Mississippi River. The new headquarters building, which has approximately 20,000 square feet of office space, is a three-story, 30,000-square-foot facility that cost $11.6 million to construct.

The building was made possible thanks to $9.6 million in funding from the State of Louisiana through Capital Outlay. Despite many challenges, including Hurricane Ida, COVID-19, and supply chain issues, the project was completed under the supervision of PortSL Chief Planning and Project Officer Dale Hymel Jr., along with Guy Hopkins as Contractor, Meyer Engineers, LTD as Architect and Engineer, and Civil & Environmental Consulting Engineers as Resident Inspector.

The event also marked the unveiling of the port's rebranding, which will help to further promote its position as an elite player in global shipping markets with economic growth potential for all stakeholders. The new logo highlights the port's unique ability to utilize all four modes of multimodal transportation through shipping, trucking, rail, and aviation, setting PortSL apart from other ports in attracting foreign and domestic cargo. The new slogan, "A BETTER WAY TO CARGO," was inspired by this uniqueness.

Port of South Louisiana is the nation's leading grain exporter and the second-largest port in the Western Hemisphere. It is home to some of the nation's most recognizable companies that employ more than 86,000 Louisiana workers. In addition, over 3,500 vessels call on the Port annually through waterborne commerce. The Port of South Louisiana's CEO, Paul Matthews, said, "With this world-class facility and a fresh look and message, Port of South Louisiana is sending a signal across the globe that we are feeding and fueling the world and for anyone looking to do business with PortSL, we are A BETTER WAY TO CARGO."

The PortSL board of commissioners and staff have created a culture that nurtures growth and embraces concepts and ideas that equip the port to thrive in an evolving marketplace and solidify Port of South Louisiana as A BETTER WAY TO CARGO. In 2022, PortSL moved a total of 239,257,758 short tons compared to a total of 229,797,480 short tons in 2021, marking the first year that Port of South Louisiana has seen a net increase in tonnage since 2017. PortSL is also seeking to purchase Louisiana's greatest industrial icon, Avondale Global Gateway, which is a 254-acre global logistics hub along the Mississippi River that will allow the port to reach new heights, attract good-paying jobs, be more competitive in traditional international trade, and focus on the new frontier of renewable energy development.


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