The six-year lease will see GCBE handle the material on a five-acre parcel of land at Port Redwing in southern Hillsborough County.
Headquartered in Palmetto, Florida, GCBE has been doing business in Tampa for 20 years and has expanded its operations into the Northeast, South Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. As well as being a stevedore and terminal operator, GCBE owns and leases equipment to shipping companies, as well as other stevedores and terminal operators, and has a current customer base that handles fertilisers, salt, aggregates, limestone, sugar and other miscellaneous bulk cargos.
“We at Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment are enthusiastic about kicking off our activity at Port Redwing and to grow our relationship with Port Tampa Bay,” said GCBE president Richard Tager. “Our site is the perfect location to handle unique products such as prilled sulphur and will enable us to best serve our customers.”
In recent years, Port Redwing has been developed to accommodate for bulk and breakbulk activity, with new berths, paved roadways, fencing and lighting. Port Tampa Bay said the area is a prime site for the future development of maritime-industrial and manufacturing activities.
“We are very excited to expand maritime cargo activity at Port Redwing, and this new partnership with Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment sends the message that Port Tampa Bay has the available land, transportation connectivity and capacity for diversification that our customers desire,” said Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president and CEO. “We look forward to working with Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment for many years to come.”
Pictured: Richard Tager, president of Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment Inc, shakes hands with Charles Klug, chief legal officer, Port Tampa Bay (sitting). Back: Greg Lovelace, marketing director, PTB; Billy Roy, Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment; Craig Roberts, project manager, PTB; Mike Seifert, engineering project manager, PTB; Lane Ramsfield, vice president of real estate, PTB; Cathy Pinion, project manager, PTB.