Travis Tyler, Executive Director of the Natchitoches Parish Port for the past 5 ½ years, gave an update on the status of the port, Tuesday, January 17 to an audience of about 40 business and governmental leaders at the Natchitoches Events Center. The Natchitoches Parish Port, a stalwart of the area’s economy since 1996, handled 640,000 tons of material that passed through in 2022. The multi modal facility hosted 3,400 rail cars, 34,000 outbound truckloads and 12,000 inbound truck loads in 2022. The port handled everything from wood chips to carbon, fracking sand, soybeans and trona. The port offers access to barges, trucks, and rail transport.
The port, one of over 32 in the state and 5 in northern Louisiana, hosts 5 companies who are tenants at the facility. These companies and the port are responsible for 55 direct jobs. The port itself brings in between $500,000.00 to $700,000.00 in revenue for any given year.
The Natchitoches Parish Port is an integral part of our area’s economy and is an essential part of attracting new industry.