Gavilon to renovate and expand operations at Tulsa Port

June 20, 2018

The announcement highlights Gavilon’s commitment and intent to continue and grow its longstanding

relationship with the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

Gavilon LLC has a growing commitment to its location at the Tulsa Port. They recently announced plans to renovate the 45-year-old warehouse and add two new truck loadout areas at the Tulsa Port location. They will also be adding new capabilities for specific fertilizer blends for customers. These upgrades will increase production and shipping efficiency. Gavilon has been operating the Tulsa Port’s dry bulk facility since 2008.

“The upgrades planned at the facility will help increase the amount of fertilizer we handle and distribute to markets across the United States,” said Patrick Burke, Gavilon’s marketing and communications manager. “These upgrades will allow our facility to meet the specific requirements of local and regional farmers.”

Gavilon, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is a commodity management firm that covers three different industries – grain, ingredients and fertilizer. They serve customers such as food manufacturers, livestock producers, fertilizer wholesalers, oil refineries and power producers.

“We are proud to have such a dedicated partner located here at the Tulsa Port. Gavilon’s commitment to quality, efficiency and customer service helps carry out the Port’s mission to serve Northeast Oklahoma and the surrounding states,” said Port Authority Chairman, Chip McElroy.

River transportation at the Tulsa Port allows Gavilon to help farmers reach broader markets with lower transportation costs. River transportation is also quicker and more efficient for these types of products. The types of fertilizer products sold to farmers by Gavilon are essential for crop production. The main ingredients of these products are not available economically in all regions.

Fertilizer and transportation are key components of food supply in our country. With a U.S. population of more than 300 million people, these fertilizers are essential for crop production and efficiency.

There were 249,858 tons of goods shipped by river barge to the Tulsa Port during the month of May. A sizable portion of that tonnage was dry fertilizer going to Gavilon.

Access to river transportation allows Gavilon to reach its wide customer base across the Central and Western United States. The Tulsa Port facility has served customers in more than 20 states. Without access to barge transportation to supply fertilizer, farmers would be penalized by paying higher prices due to the cost of other forms of transportation.  These additional costs would then be transferred to the public.

“Gavilon is committed to continuing our longstanding relationship to the Tulsa Port,” Burke said.


About the Tulsa Port of Catoosa

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is a singular combination of a multi-modal shipping complex and 2,000-acre industrial park resulting in an annual economic impact of $300 million to Oklahoma. The complex hosts roughly 71 companies and employs over 3,200 Oklahomans.

Located at the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in Northeast Oklahoma, it is one of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States. The Tulsa Port’s unique position allows companies to move millions of tons of bulk freight by barge each year at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of rail or truck. Just a few of the bulk freight industries utilizing the Tulsa Port include portions of fertilizer distributors, industrial gas suppliers, wheat growers and manufacturers of consumer goods.

The Tulsa Port is managed and operated by the City of Tulsa–Rogers County Port Authority and provides development services through Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa’s Facilities Authority.

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