On July 1, IEI Barge Services Inc. announced it was changing its name to Logistics Park Dubuque Inc. (LPD). The company’s address also changed to 5121 Barge Terminal Road in East Dubuque, Ill. The changes were effective July 1.
In the announcement, Alliant Energy Transportation, which owns the terminal, said, “This change will have no impact on our current operations. You can expect the same high level of customer service from the management and customer support team that you’ve trusted for years.”
The multimodal terminal is located at Mile 574.5 on the Upper Mississippi River and specializes in the unloading, storing and loading of dry bulk commodities to and from barge, rail and truck. It was known as Dubuque Sand & Gravel until 1988 when IEI Barge Services assumed control. Now Logistics Park Dubuque, it is situated on a 100-acre site with a 20-acre slack water harbor.
The facility offers 250,000 square feet of indoor storage and many acres of additional land for customized development. LPD has two barge loading and two barge unloading docks, nearly 200 rail car spots for unit-train handling, and bulk transfer rates in excess of 1,300 tons per hour. They also offer heavy lift and other specialized handling such as bagged cargoes.
When named IEI Barge Services, the firm received many calls from people who assumed they transported or fleeted barges, but they don’t. The name change removes that confusion and makes it easier for new types of customers seeking cheaper or more reliable shipping alternatives to find them.
“Logistics facilities like LPD offer shippers new and cost-effective ways to move goods to market, thus serving as a catalyst for business retention and economic development,” the company reported. A freight study completed by regional stakeholders in 2018 identified—among other things—the need for improved and expanded services at area port terminals. The name aligns with those continuing efforts.
Caption for photo: Aerial view of the Logistics Park Dubuque facility, including 20-acre slack water harbor.