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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Terral RiverService Inc. completed the purchase of two unload rigs Wednesday November 14, 2018, under the direction of Neil Martin, Vice President of Services.
TRS 6 in Action.
A Komatsu PC 600 Material Handler with a 4.5-yard bucket was purchased from Waterways Investments Inc. and a Liebherr 974 B Material Handler from Phantom Materials. The unload rigs are currently named Ernest 4 and SMI 402, respectively. Terral plans to rename the unload rigs shortly.
Terral RiverService Inc. held its 14th Annual Golf Tournament at the Vicksburg Golf and Country Club on October 4, 2018. The annual event is an opportunity for Terral RiverService to show its appreciation to its customers and vendors, and enjoy a relaxing day together.