Land lease reassigned at Tulsa Port of Catoosa

A lease on 10.45 acres of land was reassigned to a subsidiary of a company that began in 1858 as the result of action by the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority during its December meeting.
Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. is selling its food packaging division to Bemis Co. of Neenah, Wis.
Based in Wisconsin, Bemis is actually a publicly held Missouri company, having started in St. Louis as the maker of machine-sewed bags.
Bemis has 156 plants in 10 countries and employs 15,700 people, according to its Web site.
Curwood Inc., a subsidiary of Bemis, will operate the 125,000-SF port plant, which has a work force of about 35 after the close of sale.
The land was originally leased for 20 years with two five-year renewal operations in November 2003 to Pechiney Plastic Packaging Inc.
The facility is located at the north end of the port.
The authority accepted the audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30 from Eide Bailly LLP, which reported a “clean” audit with no significant problems.
Final payments totaling $162,596 to Railroad Salvage & Restoration were approved on two railroad extension projects at the port that had a combined cost of $1.4 million.
Major issues that need to be addressed before physical work can begin on a developing a barge fleeting area at the south end of the port channel include potential effects on the flood plain, wildlife and environment, said David Yarbrough, deputy port director.
Because each can have a significant expenditure, everything is being phased so any work can be cut to reduce further costs, he said.
About 7 percent of the work has been completed on the four lanes to Main Parkway, the port’s primary entry road, Yarbrough said.
The $874,450 project could be completed in about a year.
Yarbrough said that around July the main entrance will be closed for three to four months to permit construction near the juncture with State 266.
After the two new lanes are completed, work will shift to a section that currently needs to be rehabilitated.
When completed, the road will be a divided four-lane road at interstate highway standards, Yarbrough said.
Robert Portiss, port director, said waterway traffic at the port could be close to the more than the 2 million tons of cargo that went over the wharves in 2008.
November’s traffic of 171,450 tons on 105 barges was more than was seen in either of the two preceding months and in the comparable month of 2008.
During the first 11 months, the port’s traffic totaled 1.8 million tons compared with 1.9 million tons at the same period a year earlier.
Only 255,479 tons would be needed in December to match 2008, about the same amount of tonnage moved through the port in February.
Iron and steel shipments were down while agricultural products were higher, including fertilizer.
Outbound traffic accounted for 116,840 tons on 69 barges during November while inbound cargo totaled 54,610 tons on 36 barges.
The month’s traffic accounted for 47 percent of the 367,800 tons moved along the Oklahoma portion of the Arkansas Waterway and 17 percent of the more than 1 million tons carried along the entire two-state route.

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