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Featured Employee | Mallory Hopkins

Terral RiverService is proud to announce our featured employee for February, Mallory Hopkins. Mallory has been the Payables Staff Accountant for the Marine division since October of last year. She began with TRS in May 2018 as a file clerk and assistant to the Payables Staff Accountant and HR/Payroll Manager. She says that she is really enjoying the new experiences and responsibilities of this new position and is grateful to leadership for their confidence in her and for giving her the chance to take them on.

Mallory and her husband Nick moved to Lake Providence in 2012. She first worked as an Accounts Payable Clerk for the Town of Lake Providence before earning her insurance license and working for an agent. “I always liked to focus more on the clerical and billing side of things than the sales side. It was a great job, but I knew that sales just wasn’t for me.” Mallory was really happy for the opportunity to work with Terral both for the return to what she enjoys doing, and also because she had heard what a family-oriented company it is. She says: ”This is a truly great place to work. Not only the people in the Lake Providence office, but my co-workers at all our other locations have been so welcoming and helpful as I have shifted roles. I look forward to many more years helping Terral River Service grow and growing with them.” 

In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband and two young children and other family and friends both in Lake Providence and Monroe.

Featured Employee | Tyler Webb

 

Terral RiverService is proud to announce our featured employee for December, Tyler Webb. Tyler is currently Manager in Mobile, Alabama, overseeing dockyards in Valparaiso and Point Washington and two offloading rigs there as well. He began as a deckhand on an offloading rig just over a year ago, and quickly worked his way up. Marvin Collins, TRS’s Land Operations Manager says that he wishes he had ten employees just like Tyler. “He gives it his all” says Collins.

Tyler enjoys working for TRS in part because he is able to travel and see new things. He likes working on the water and also likes that the job brings something different everyday.  Tyler laughs and says that he works a lot, but when he isn’t, he enjoys hunting and fishing.

Terral RiverService Hosts 15th Annual Golf Tournament

Terral RiverService Inc. held its 14th Annual Golf Tournament at the Vicksburg Golf and Country Club on October 10, 2019. The annual event is an opportunity for Terral RiverService to show its appreciation to its customers and vendors, and enjoy a relaxing day together. Following the tournament, guests attended an awards ceremony and enjoyed dinner at the country club’s restaurant, The Anthony.

Photo of Golf Participants

Golf Tournament Participants

Members of the first place team were Teddy Twigg with Patriot Construction, Colby Pennington with Marquette Transportation, and Ronald Lattier and Eric Gilmore, both with Red River Waterway Commission. A special congratulations also to Matt Bell for hitting a hole-in-one. Thanks to the vendors and customers who donated prizes.

Photo of Golf Tournament winners

Winning team (L-R): Teddy Twigg, Colby Pennington, Ronald Lattier, Eric Gilmore.

“We enjoy getting to know our customers and vendors outside of the office, and are glad for the opportunity to build and strengthen our relationships,” Johnny Martin of Terral RiverService said.

Welcome Allan Rodgers, Human Resources Director

Terral RiverService, Inc. would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Human Resources Director, Allan Rodgers. Read more about Allan below!

Position at Terral:  Human Resources Director

Reports to: Paul Moore, CFO

Years of Experience:  Over 13 years of comprehensive HR experience.

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Featured Employee | Mickey Orear

Mickey Orear

Terral RiverService is proud to announce our featured employee for September, Mickey Orear. Mickey is currently a Captain on M/V Kim King, but he didn’t start that way. He began as a deckhand and over ten years worked his way to steersman then to pilot and now captain. He is proud to have learned the job hands-on and of how he worked his way up the ladder.

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Terral RiverService, Inc. News from Natchitoches

Terral RiverService, Inc. is glad to report on the exciting changes at our Natchitoches location where we have three new projects underway. First, we are continuing our growth at the Natchitoches Parish Port by putting in a rock yard. Limestone rock and agricultural lime are en route and we will soon begin stockpiling on site. Secondly, we are preparing our warehouse and equipment to handle frac sand once more. We will be able to unload from barge, store and load out frac sand to trucks from the Natchitoches Port warehouse. Thirdly, we are moving 3,159 tons of rubber tire chips out of storage this month. Terral is proud to have a presence in the Natchitoches area and to be operating on the Red River.

Welcome to Tressie Frith and Farewell to DeeDee Payne

The Terral RiverService team would like to extend a warm welcome to Tressie Frith, who recently joined us as our Payroll Administrator. Tressie comes to us from the LSU Ag Center where she was Administrative Coordinator for 18 years. She is currently earning her degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources and is glad for the opportunity to pursue a career in the field. Tressie has two grown sons and one grandson.

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Rebuild of Terral RiverService’s M/V Lena Louise

M/V Lena Louise

Terral RiverService, Inc. is pleased to announce that the M/V Lena Louise, a boat acquired from Kinder Morgan in 2017 and previously named the M/V Austin Stone, is back in service after a five month rebuild. The rebuild took place in Lettsworth, and was completed in March of this year. All three main engines were rebuilt at Louisiana CAT and all three gears inspected by Karl Senner, with one gear replaced due to poor condition.

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Featured Employee | Mike Askue

Mike Askue

Terral RiverService is proud to announce our featured employee for June, Mike Askue. Mike started working for TRS in November 2017 as part of our acquisition of Kinder Morgan in Blytheville, Arkansas. He had been working in the same position for over twenty-seven years and has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team.

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Terral RiverService, Inc. Operating in Florida Panhandle

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Terral RiverService is pleased to announce our recent expansion in the Florida Panhandle with an operating agreement for new rock yards. In November, we assumed the operations of two aggregate yards in Valparaiso and Point Washington; both are handling limestone and operating on behalf of Vulcan Materials Company (VMC). This agreement is in keeping with our goal to build upon our existing relationship with VMC and also continues our expansion effort in the Mobile, Alabama area. TRS, as reported earlier, owns two unloading rigs in Mobile that are unloading aggregates for VMC and Couch Materials from Mobile to Panama City.

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Featured Employee | Lafayette “Foots” Ainsworth

Lafayette 'Foots' Ainsworth

Lafayette Ainsworth started work at Terral RiverService on November 11, 2008. His first job was a deckhand in the harbor at our fleet in Lettsworth, Louisiana. Lafayette (affectionately known as Foots) advanced quickly in learning the duties of a deckhand. He was a very hard worker and did a good job on the deck. As a result of his efforts, he was nominated to go through the Terral RiverService Steersman program. This program is designed to move deserving river employees upward in rank toward a wheelhouse position.

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Terral RiverService, Inc. Operating in High Water Conditions

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The Mississippi River remains at flood levels, continuing a high water streak that began in January this year. The current 50 foot river hampers business as usual at Terral RiverService as it results in tow size limitations, closed port sites and damaged river infrastructure. Terral RiverService is working hard to prepare for the accelerated demand once the river recedes to normal levels and will make every effort to accommodate each of our customer’s needs as soon as river conditions are manageable again. “We appreciate your patience,” says Tom Gattle, President of TRS. “I am not sure what is happening but something is changing with our weather patterns that control river levels.”

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