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OBPA courting grain companies for storage

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OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority is courting three grain companies to store their goods at its Paterson Street port.

John A. Rishe, the authority’s director of commercial and industrial development, said the prospects are a Canadian grain trading company, a New York grain and feed ingredient company and a grain company based in the Southwest.

The Canadian firm, with which Mr. Rishe has met in Toronto three times, is interested in using the port for cargo ship deliveries and subsequent U.S. distribution.

The New York company, whose officials have toured the port, are looking for a rail-to-truck point for delivery to area farms and feed dealers.

The Southwestern company, according to Mr. Rishe, recently acquired two mills in the Northeast. He will meet with its representatives next week in Ogdensburg and try to persuade them to use the port for bigger bulk shipments.

The companies’ names were not released because no commitments have been made.

“It’d be nice if one of them signed up this year,” he said.

The port has more than 125,000 square feet of warehouse space, including a newly built 30,000-square-foot bulk storage facility.

Frederick S. Morrill, deputy executive director and chief financial officer of the port authority, said Thursday that storage at the port now consists of 300 tons of an earlier 12,000-ton shipment of canola grain.

On Wednesday, the authority approved a port storage agreement with Wight & Patterson Feeds Inc., Canton.

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