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New Port Of West Virginia Moves Forward


Empire Diversified Energy is developing the Port of West Virginia, a multifunctional, transmodal inland port terminal on the Ohio River in the city of Follansbee.

The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Empire Trimodal Terminal LLC, received permission to use the name this spring after completing an extensive feasibility study with the state of West Virginia. Empire has already laid out close to $60 million in capital investments in the property.

On July 21, West Virginia Department of Economic Development Secretary Michael Carmichael visited the facility. The company has asked the state to help fund $42 million in infrastructure upgrades.

Port developers believe the Port of West Virginia could be a hub for shipping goods throughout the Midwest. It is designed to be a public port of more than 1,000 acres with roughly 5 miles of rail and more than 8,000 contiguous feet of river frontage, said Scotty Ewusiak, president of Empire Diversified Energy. The port project includes several different ventures.

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