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The port of Ogdensburg has gotten it right again.

The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority-owned maritime facility on Paterson Street has received its seventh Pacesetter Award for excellence in operations from the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Associate Director Salvatore L. Pisani, a former OBPA deputy executive director, presented the award at Wednesday’s authority board meeting.

Mr. Pisani noted the port’s mammoth wind turbine shipping project in 2012. The $340 million endeavor saw the St. Lawrence River port used to move 90 turbines, creating 70 jobs and utilizing 11 ships, 210 rail cars and 1,000 trucks,

The turbines’ destinations were windmill farms in Churubusco and Vermont.

“Clearly, it’s an economic engine,” Mr. Pisani said of the port. “It’s a credit to the staff here.”

OBPA Executive Director Wade A. Davis said that the two agencies have always been allies in port economic development.

“We’re very appreciative of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation,” he said.

The port received 60,000 shipped tons of road salt as well as rail car deliveries of corn gluten meal in August, according to Director of Operations Steven J. Lawrence.

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