Ex-director: Alexandria port poised for growth

ALEXANDRIA (AP) — The outgoing executive director of the Port of Alexandria says the port is well positioned for expansion.
John Marzullo, who retired last week, discussed the port’s opportunities for growth in an interview with The Town Talk of Alexandria.
He noted that CoolPlanet Energy Systems is expected to begin construction at the port soon on the first commercial production facility for its alternative fuel.
The port is home to a CHS Inc. fertilizing mixing facility. Its warehouse tenants include CleanTech Energy Solutions, which is considering locating a tire recycling facility at the port. But CoolPlanet is the first manufacturer to locate a facility there.
“That was a big deal,” Marzullo said. “That’s going to add something different.”
He also discussed the possibility that the port on the Red River could become the site of a central Louisiana intermodal facility linking different forms of shipping, including road and rail.
“River transportation is an added arm, just like interstates, rail and air,” Marzullo said. “You have to have that combination. We compete with rail, we compete with trucking, but you have to have all of them in order to do any of them.”
Marzullo said the port will eventually have to expand, and that would likely require legislation.
Legislation was filed, but did not make it to the Legislature this session, to move the port to a regional model.

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