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Port of Tacoma names three business award winners

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on April 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
April 25, 2012 1:18 pm

The Port of Tacoma has named three winners of its first annual Summit Awards for their outstanding contributions to the port’s business and the Pierce County community.

The winners are:

* MacMillan-Piper — Business Magnet Award

This company transloads containers at two facilities in the Tacoma Tideflats.

“In the past year, the company double its warehouse transloading space to 202,000 feet to support handling bulk cargoes. MacMillan-Piper also reduced the number of idleing and draying trucks by unloading import containers and load them with exports in the same location, helping to improve air quality,” the port said in making the award.

* Totem Ocean Trailer Express — Environmental Stewardship Award.

TOTE provides twice-weekly roll-on, roll-off trailership service between Tacoma and Anchorage.

The company was the first commercial cargo carrier in the Puget Sound to install shore power. The company’s ships now operate off the commercial power grid when at berth instead of from the ship’s own diesel-powered generators.

* International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 — Livable Community Award

The Longshore union local and its labor partners donated more than $200,000 in money and goods during holiday drives, auctions, walks and other fundraisers in the last year.

Union members have volunteered thousands of hours of work for such organizations as Tall Ships Tacoma, the Multiple Sclerosis Walk, Rainier School, St. Leo’s Hospitality Kitchen and Paint Tacoma-Pierce County Beautiful.

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