May 14, 2015
Contact: Joseph D. Harris Spokesman (757) 683-2137 / Office (757) 675-8087 / Cell firstname.lastname@example.org
Norfolk – The Scoular Company, a leading user of The Port of Virginia’s barge service to Richmond, is the recipient of the port’s 2015 Shipper of the Year award.
The award recognizes a port user that has gone above and beyond the course of normal business to help the port grow both commercially and operationally. The award was presented May 14, at the Virginia Maritime Association’s annual symposium.
The selection of Scoular, said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, took into account several facts, these among them:
• The company’s commitment to creating new jobs for Virginians; more than 40 new jobs since 2013.
• The utilization of the port’s barge service.
• The organization’s three agricultural container-loading facilities in Virginia, as well as an exclusive export marketing agreement with a Hopewell, Va.-based ethanol facility.
“Scoular’s job creation, its investment in Virginia, its strategic use of both the barge and the Port of Richmond show a real commitment to Virginia and made it the ideal choice for Shipper of the Year,” Reinhart said.
“The Scoular Company is honored to receive this award,” said John Messerich, Scoular’s senior vice president. “Our collaborative partnership with the port has created innovative solutions that are allowing us to make investments in agricultural export container-loading facilities that serve the increasing food and feed demand in Asia.
“Our container-loading activity provides a competitive outlet for Virginia-area farmers and ingredients producers to gain access to international markets. We look forward to increasing our activity with The Port of Virginia in the years to come.”
About The Port of Virginia
The Port of Virginia is the brand name for the Virginia Port Authority (VPA), which is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VPA owns and through its private operating subsidiary, Virginia International Terminals, LLC (VIT), operates four general cargo facilities Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Newport News Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port in Warren County. The VPA leases Virginia International Gateway and the Port of Richmond. In fiscal 2013, The Port of Virginia provided more than 374,000 jobs and generated $60.3 billion in total economic impact throughout the Commonwealth.
About The Scoular Company
A 123-year-old company with more than $6 billion in sales, The Scoular Company operates 90 independent business units that provide diverse supply chain solutions for end-users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients around the globe. From nearly 90 offices and facilities in North and South America, the company is engaged in the business of buying, selling, storing and handling grain and ingredients as well as managing transportation and logistics worldwide.