Transload Services can Lower Shipping Costs

Lower your transportation costs by including rail in your supply chain.  With the Port as a partner, you don’t have to have tracks at your door to access rail, because we do, and we specialize in service personalized to meet your individual needs.

Some of the products we handle are:

  • Standard Rail Commodities: Lumber, metals, paper, rebar bundles, palletized products
  • Dry Bulk: Sand, fertilizer
  • Bulk Liquids: Road de-icer, aviation fuel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF)
  • And more: Automobiles, asphalt, fencing


Distributing Service

The Port is located at the Junction of I15 and I90, making it an excellent location for regional distribution. Some commodities regularly distributed through our facility to multiple outlets include building materials, liquid road de-icer, fertilizer, fuel and automobiles. Products can be brought in on rail, on truck or on a combination of rail and trucks. It can be sent out on any sized truck. This allows customers to take advantage of the economies of rail transportation while still allowing their customers to order small quantities of a wide variety of products from diverse production sites.

Pick-N-Pack services are key for many customers. For example, a customer may bring in a carload of plywood, another car load of sheetrock, a pallet of nails and a truckload of studs. They can then ship out an order of a single unit of sheetrock, a box of nails, 4 units of studs and a unit of plywood. We can break down and repackage units as well, and send out as little as one piece of product at a time when necessary.

The Port provides timely notifications of product receipt and shipments to all customers. Physical inventory verification is provided monthly at a minimum.

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: 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×330.jpg