Port of Montana celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Port of Montana recently celebrated its 30th anniversary in a shared celebration that included ribbon cuttings for SepticNET and Blacklock Block, the two newest manufacturers to locate in the Montana Connections Business Development Park.

Established in 1986, the Port of Montana is a 55 acre facility which was created to assist in economic development by expanding transportation options for businesses shipping through Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.  The Port offers businesses the opportunity to take advantage of the lower cost of rail transport even if they are not located on a rail siding themselves.  It offers transload and storage services for a wide variety of commodities, including bulk liquids, fuels, dry bulk, pipe, steel, building materials and automobiles.

SepticNET and Blacklock Block have recently moved into a new 12,000 square foot building in Montana Connections park.  SepticNET holds 2 patents which involve decreasing nitrate levels in septic systems.  With their systems, nitrate levels can be reduced up to 99 percent.  Blacklock Block is a cement and paver manufacturing company which began operations in September.

For more details, read the Montana Standard article at




NAWLA Traders Market 2016

Mark your calendars!  We are looking forward to seeing you at our booth in Las Vegas at the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA click here:  http://www.nawla.org/) Traders Market October 26-28.

See how the Port’s successful track record in distributing & transloading lumber products throughout Montana, Wyoming and Idaho can simplify your supply chain and save you money.


Labor Day Schedule

In observance of Labor Day, the Port of Montana will be closed Monday, September 5th.

The Port will resume normal operating hours at 7:00 am on Tuesday morning, September 6th.

We hope you enjoy the holiday!

Efficiency of Rail

We recently ran across an excellent article that highlights the environmental efficiency of rail that we’d like to share. The New Mexico Transloading blog reminds us of the basics we sometimes forget, that in addition to being more economical than long haul trucking, rail shipping uses less fuel and helps reduce greenhouse emissions.

The Port of Montana allows rail access for those who are not located on rail.  Give us a call to see how we can work for you.

Here’s the full article entitled Reduce Greenhouse Emissions – Ship by Rail



Memorial Day Hours

The Port of Montana will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.  We will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, May 31 at 7 am.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Gearing up for Fertilizer Season

The Port is an ideal solution for seasonal commodities such as fertilizer.  By utilizing the Port’s facility, the producer is able to eliminate overhead costs while still providing high volume just in time delivery to regional growers during a short demand window.  Here’s how it works for current customers:

Each year as spring approaches fertilizer is shipped via rail to the Port, taking advantage of both the economic efficiencies of rail and the elimination of the need for additional storage at the production site.  The Port segregates different types of fertilizer in bays in the bulk warehouse.  Regional growers are then able to order exactly what they need directly from the producer and pick it up at the Port for just in time delivery to their fields.Fert bauer (2)

Additional car loads of product continue to arrive during the season to augment the stored product.  These cars can be transloaded directly into trucks as demand increases.

The Port has the ability to interface directly with the producers inventory system, providing crucial real time inventory updates as product is received and shipped.  The producer is able to closely monitor Port inventories on their own system at all times.

Transloading for Montana Department of Transportation Highway Interchange Project

pipe car

The Port of Montana was able to assist with the transload of pipe for the Helena MDT highway interchange project.  The pipe was shipped to the Port of Montana, and then kept in outside storage until the project was underway. Once the project was ready to take delivery of the pipe, it was loaded onto trucks and shipped to the project laydown area.