- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) - An Ohio River port in far southwestern Indiana has broken a state shipping record thanks largely to a big surge in grain shipments.

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon shipped 1.75 million tons of cargo during the first quarter of 2015. That’s the highest quarterly shipment by any of Indiana’s three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan.

Port Director Phil Wilzbacher says a 36 percent increase in grain shipments following last year’s record harvest was a big factor. He says that since the port about 20 miles west of Evansville is “located in the most fertile agricultural region in the world, grain is one of the largest volume commodities” it handles.

Fertilizer and steel shipments there were up 16 percent and 10 percent, respectively, during the first quarter.

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