Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Receives 2017 Season ‘Pacesetter Award’

Honored for Continued Growth in International Tonnage

Washington, D.C. (August 6, 2018) – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority was honored with a 2017 season ‘Pacesetter Award’ on Wednesday July 25, 2018. Accomplishments from their 2017 Navigation Season earned them the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Craig H. Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the SLSDC presented the award to the Port of Toledo’s team. The Port was one of only six recipients to be honored for the 2017 season.

“This is the 17th award that Toledo and this county has earned.Deputy Middlebrook summarized the Port’s achievements. “For 2017, your Navigation Season, you handled over 2.6 million metric tons of freight through the Seaway and that’s a 13% increase in cargo tonnage over 2016.”

“This is the 17th award that Toledo and this county has earned.Deputy Middlebrook summarized the Port’s achievements. “For 2017, your Navigation Season, you handled over 2.6 million metric tons of freight through the Seaway and that’s a 13% increase in cargo tonnage over 2016.”

Established in 1992, the SLSDC Pacesetter Award recognizes U.S. ports who have registered increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports and through the St. Lawrence Seaway. Over the past 25 years, the SLSDC has distributed more than 140 Pacesetter Awards to 14 different Great Lakes/Seaway ports.

In addition to receiving this award, Middlebrook took the opportunity to commend the work the port does all across the board. “You guys are leaders in the system on all fronts, commercially and socially and everywhere else.