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OBPA courting grain companies for storage

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

Authority Director of Commercial and Industrial Development John A. Rishe said that the prospects are a Canadian grain trading company, a New York grain and feed ingredient company and Southwest U.S.-based grain company.

The Canadian firm, with whom Mr. Rishe has met in Toronto three times, wants to use 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 Southwest U.S.-based grain 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 convince them to use the port for bigger bulk shipments to the region.

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

Mr. Rishe said that getting a commitment to use the port from the three prospects - or any prospects - is a matter of being the right place at the right time.

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

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

OBPA Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Frederick S. Morrill 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 and Patterson Feeds Inc., Canton.

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