With the recent addition of a drydock, Industry (Pa.) Terminal & Salvage Company, operator of three barge fleets from Miles 3.6 to 65 on the Ohio River, is pushing forward with its plans for expansion. The family-owned and operated company provides terminal services for dry bulk commodities such as steel, coal and scrap, as well as offering towing, fleeting, topside barge repairs and salvage, but it has never before owned a drydock or been able to offer all the services that a drydock provides.
Industry Terminal bought the drydock from Blank River Services and moved it to its landing at Aliquippa, Pa., primarily to service its eight boats and fleet of 50 barges, but also to give the company the ability to do commercial work for others.
“We have already been contacted by several companies excited to have us in this market,” said President Brad Busatto, who, along with his brother, owns the company. “Our safety and compliance manager, Colin Checkan, is currently working on certification to perform drydock ISE inspections,” he added.
The drydock, which measures 112 by 70 feet, has a capacity of 1,000 tons. In addition to the drydock, ITS bought a small towboat that went with it, the mv. Richard J. Blank.
When Busatto bought ITS, which he did in 2010 from his father, Lynn, the company was operating one boat and had one landing, with nine employees. Now, the company has seven boats and three landings, with 75 employees.