Mid-season refill

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Salt is delivered to Port Milwaukee.

Last updated on May 14th, 2019 at 03:03 am

Credit: Arthur Thomas

Roughly 26,000 tons of salt is unloaded from the Algowood bulk carrier at Port Milwaukee in mid-January. Laker ships continue to bring salt mined in Ontario into the port through February. From there, upwards of 300 trucks per day deliver it to local and state government facilities throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Trucking volumes can increase as public works crews replenish after a round of inclement weather. Approximately 950,000 tons of salt moved through Port Milwaukee last year, about half of the port’s total volume. The salt is sold by Compass Minerals International Inc. and handled by Kinder Morgan Inc. Both companies are port tenants. While the port serves a wide region, the western portion of Wisconsin is served by salt brought up the Mississippi River and the northeast portion of the state gets its salt from the Port of Green Bay.

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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