Cargo Operations: Milwaukee

Milwaukee: Oversized Rotary Kiln Shipment Highlights Port’s Support of Local Manufacturing

The Port of Milwaukee is well equipped to handle shipments of oversized products. A recent example: six sections of a rotary kiln – pieces over 17 feet in diameter, up to 44 feet long and weighing as much as 225,000 pounds – were loaded for shipment by barge to Québec for installation at a Portland cement manufacturing plant.  

The rotary kiln pieces were manufactured by a local company, A-C Equipment Services for McInnis Cement.
Using Port of Milwaukee cranes, Federal Marine Terminals loaded the rotary kiln sections during a weekend in October.  

The steel used by A-C Equipment Services to build the rotary kiln arrived in Milwaukee through the port. The finished sections departed Milwaukee last week for a journey across the Great Lakes and through the St. Lawrence Seaway to their final destination of Port-Daniels – Gascons in the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region of eastern Québec province.

A-C Equipment is a division of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (USA) Inc.

"Millions of tons of cargo move through the Port of Milwaukee each year. When companies ship through the Port, they promote the regional economy," Mayor Tom Barrett said. "The port’s efficiency supports local manufacturing jobs, and that’s good for everyone in our community."

Loading rotary kiln sections on a barge at the Port of Milwaukee.
Photo/Port of Milwaukee