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Buttigieg goes to Ohio River port to discuss grant for pier

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Posted at 9:37 PM, Apr 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-13 21:37:44-04

TELL CITY, Ind. (AP) — A $1.6 million federal grant will pay for the construction of a new southern Indiana pier on the Ohio River to be used for unloading of pig iron for a foundry.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg went to Tell City to discuss the grant and tour the Ohio River port.

The project will pay for building a 40-foot-diameter pier for a crane that will be used for direct barge-to-truck unloading of pig iron when the river is high.

The pig iron is a necessary raw material for Waupaca Foundry and other manufacturers. Federal officials say the pier will help increase port productivity by up to 60% and help maintain 1,000 jobs.