Port of Iberia Expansion

The Port of Iberia is in the final stages of acquiring approximately 146 acres for expansion. According to Port’s Executive Director, Craig Romero, they are purchasing 106 acres of property for $5.5 million. This property was previously appraised ranging from $8 to $16 million. “We getting a great deal,” stated Romero. The other 40 acre expansion will include new canal construction giving more access to the Port of Iberia. Romero said, “We have two companies interested in both sites who have reserved first right of refusal. We are looking into establishing a foreign trade zone on the property as well as making infrastructure improvements. If these companies choose the Port of Iberia they will enhance what we already do here.”

Port of Iberia Growth in 2018

RedGuard

RedGuard, a Kansas-based company, is fully operational on 9 leased acres at the Port of Iberia. RedGuard is an expert in the design and build of blast-resistant buildings for base camps, field offices, sleeping units, restrooms, medical units, sensitive equipment and more. They can accommodate most customer requirements and create customer-specific modifications. RedGuard continues to work with local vendors for support services and are discussing a possible expansion in the near future.

Custom Compression Systems

When Custom Compression Systems located their business at the Port of Iberia, it was the perfect choice for them due to its strategic location for shipping. They have direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, the Port of Houston, the Port of New Orleans, inland locations by barge via the Mississippi River and on into areas of the Northeast. Custom Compression Systems is the only gas compression packager in the United States with this unique capability available from their facility. Custom Compression Systems offers oil and gas processing equipment and pre-engineered gas compression systems to both domestic and international markets both onshore and offshore.

Dynamic Industries, Inc

Dynamic Industries, Inc. is busy working on a project from a repeat customer, one of the world’s largest energy companies. They are fabricating 92 pre-assembly modules, (54 pipe racks, 28 steel structures, 7 stair towers, and 3 cable racks) for a polyethylene plant located in Pennsylvania. It is projected to be complete in mid-2019. Dynamic was also recently awarded a contract to supply 38 pre-assembly modules, consisting of Inside Battery Limits (IBL) and Outside Battery Limits (OBL) piperacks for a Propylene Oxide (PO) and Tertiary Butyl Alcohol (TBA) plant located in Texas. Once installed, these critical building blocks will help produce 470,000 metric tons of PO and 1 million metric ton of TBA. This project is the largest capital investment project for this new client. It will begin in January of 2019 with completion set for December of 2019. 

Dynamic Industries Ships Modules for Shell

After two years of fabrication, Dynamic Industries recently shipped off modules for Shell Oil’s Appomatox project. The modules are going to Ingleside, Texas where they will be attached to larger hulls being built in South Korea. Within a year they will end up at the production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. Port of Iberia Executive Director, Craig Romero, said this is Shell Oil’s largest project to date. “We’re fortunate to have this great fabrication facility here at the Port of Iberia that was able to be a part of this big project,” Romero stated. “This project supplied jobs not just for New Iberia but all of Acadiana including welders, vendors and suppliers.”

Business Progress

Logan Industries

Logan Industries Outgrowing Facility

New Port tenant, Logan Industries is already outgrowing their 30,000 square foot facility. Logan Industries provide a wide range of products and services to the oil and gas construction, drilling, production and support/diving industries worldwide. The Port of Iberia facility stores large components of offshore rigs. Executive Director Craig Romero is negotiating possible expansion of another 20,000 square feet to their building.

Kansas company, RedGuard, has recently leased approximately 9 acres at the Port of Iberia. RedGuard designs and builds blast-resistant buildings for base camps, field offices, sleeping units, restrooms, medical units, sensitive equipment and more. They plan to use local vendors and suppliers in constructing their facility.

Crosby Energy Services is moved in and ready to begin fabrication of ASME-coded pressure vessels at their 35,000 square foot facility at the Port of Iberia. They will begin hiring soon with plans to begin fabrication in February. They could eventually hire up to 60 employees.

Pontiff Selected Board President

Roy A. Pontiff was recently selected as 2018 President of the Port of Iberia Board of Commissioners. He replaces outgoing president Gene L. Jefferies. Pontiff was appointed to the Board by the Iberia Parish Council in 2014. He previously served as the Port’s Executive Director for 17 years. “I’m honored to be able to continue my involvement in the development of the Port of Iberia,” said Pontiff. “We located three new tenants this past year and I’m optimistic about continued growth in 2018.”

Continued Growth

Port Executive Director Craig Romero and Commission President Gene Jefferies reviews site for Caliche New Iberia, LLC.

New companies… new jobs… and new infrastructure investment mean continued growth for the Port of Iberia.

Executive Director Craig Romero is in the final stages of negotiating leases with three new companies to locate at the Port of Iberia. Caliche New Iberia, LLC, a Houston based company is in the process of signing a “Right of First Refusal” for 50 acres located on Pesson Road. According to Romero they will invest more than $130 million in infrastructure building including extending rail spurs into parts of the port and adding an additional slip. They will establish an intermodal loading and unloading facility as well as storage for natural gas liquids (NGL). David Branch, a spokesman for Caliche stated, “This area has great resources in terms of personnel and location. The labor pool is strong and the Port of Iberia is a great conduit to the rest of the country.” Much of their process is automated, however Branch estimates 20 long-term jobs will be created. Continue reading

Being Prepared

Port Executive Director Craig Romero discusses hurricane preparedness plans with Prescott Marshall, Iberia Parish Emergency Preparedness Director.

Hurricanes and severe storms are all too familiar to the Port of Iberia. Being prepared is key to minimize property damage, personal injury and loss of valuable productive time for businesses at the port.  Craig Romero said, “We are vigilant in preparing for any storm that may affect the Port of Iberia and the well-being of our businesses.  We implement our Emergency Preparedness Plan and communicate with federal, state and local officials before, during and after a storm.”  Romero stays in constant contact with Iberia Parish Emergency Preparedness Director, Prescott Marshall and also sends all notifications from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to port tenants in preparation and recovery.  “After the storm passes our first priority is getting port businesses back up and running as soon as possible.  Facilities that have been built at the Port of Iberia in the last 10 to 15 years have installed overhead electrical components to minimize damage from potential flooding.”

Good News

Dynamic Energy Services International

Dynamic Energy Services International has begun the delivery of the process modules manufactured at the Port of Iberia for Shell Oil’s Appomattox project.

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Executive Profile: Craig Romero

by: ERIN Z. BASS of “Greater Baton Rouge Business Report”


Name: Craig Romero

Position: Executive Director

Company: Port of Iberia District

Age: 62

Hometown: New Iberia

Education: B.A., Political Science, University of Southwestern Louisiana


Craig Romero got his start in politics. He served as Iberia Parish president from 1984 to 1992, when he was elected to the Louisiana Senate, where he remained until 2008.

He was recruited to manage and grow the Port of Iberia in 2014.

“Having helped the port secure millions of state and federal dollars to make infrastructure improvements in my capacity as parish president and state senator,” Romero says, “the Port Commission felt I could help them maintain the momentum that they had going through the years.”

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Good News at the Port of Iberia

bayou-company-expansionThe Bayou Companies recently held a ribbon cutting for their new 56,000 square foot pipe coating facility at the Port of Iberia. The $14 million expansion will provide anti-corrosion coating for deep water pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. The company will take on a two-year project for Shell Oil’s Appomattox project, Shell’s largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The Bayou Companies continued investment and commitment to the Port of Iberia and Iberia Parish helped secure $1.5 million in TIF (Tax Increment Finance) funds for overall infrastructure improvements in and around their facility. In introducing Gov. John Bel Edwards at the ribbon cutting, Port of Iberia Executive Director, Craig Romero, thanked him for changing his busy schedule to attend and also praised him for fulfilling his campaign promise of doubling the Ports Enhancement Fund. Continue reading