MILWAUKEE, WI – The DeLong Co., Inc. is pleased to announce that their Agricultural Maritime Export Facility (AMEF) Phase 2 project at Port Milwaukee is the recipient of a $9.3M grant from the Maritime Administration (MARAD). The Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) grants are the United States’ primary federal assistance program for port infrastructure.
Phase 2 of the AMEF will allow for construction of additional storage and the purchase of additional equipment to handle a greater variety and volume of grains and feedstuffs. The facility expansion will provide increased efficiencies and opportunities for midwestern agricultural products to reach international markets.
The DeLong Agriculture Maritime Export Facility is located on the west side of Jones Island at Port Milwaukee and was the result of a robust private/public partnership between The DeLong Co., Inc., Port Milwaukee, and additional state and federal supporters. The initial AMEF Phase 1 was a $45M project made possible by a previous $15.9M PIDP grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, a private DeLong investment ($14M), a Harbor Assistance Program grant through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation ($9.53M) and an investment by Port Milwaukee ($5.7M). The facility opened in 2023.
The DeLong Co., Inc. is a sixth generation, family-owned business that is headquartered in Clinton, WI. The company operates 38 locations around the U.S. and comprises six divisions of agricultural and logistical sales and services: grain, exports, agronomy, seed, transportation and wholesale feed.