The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority was honored with a 2018 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award at the American Great Lakes Ports Association’s Summer Meeting. The Pacesetter Award — presented by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation — recognizes Great Lakes ports that registered an increase in international cargo tonnage.
SLSDC’s Associate Administrator, Tom Lavigne, presented the award to Paul Toth, The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority’s President and CEO. The Port was one of only eight recipients to be honored for the 2018 season.
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is pleased to receive the Pacesetter Award for the 2018 navigation season. “Receiving the Pacesetter is always a reminder that growing the Seaway System through the expansion of international cargo opportunities remains a priority of the Port of Toledo and all ports in the System,” said Toth.
“Toledo’s diversification of cargo handling capabilities allowed us to handle more grain shipments in 2018, which, boosted our international tonnage. In other years it might be imported break bulk or exported bulk materials that help us expand our global reach. The ability to handle many types of cargo allows us to continue to accommodate a diverse array of international cargo and positions us to win this award in the years to come.”
In addition to receiving the Pacesetter Award, Paul Toth was also recognized for his sustained excellence over 32 years with the port authority as he plans to retire at the end of this year.