ASSOCIATED TERMINALS

Serving the US Gulf and beyond, Associated Terminals offer midstream operations, terminal port operations, in-plant serviceslogistical solutionsgeneral cargo/warehousing and agricultural commodity exports.  Whether it is along the US Gulf or elsewhere, we examine the need of our customers and bring our scope of services where there is a need.  Founded in 1990, our operational bases include Chalmette, Violet, Myrtle Grove, Reserve, Convent and Port Allen, Louisiana. We are committed to providing consistent, high quality, customized services, including agricultural commodity exportsin-plant servicesmidstream operations, and terminal port operations, for both the import and export of commodities.    

Just as importantly, our company takes great pride in having assembled a team of hardworking professionals who are truly dedicated.  We have developed a company culture that promotes teamwork and a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. 

We believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and operate. We are thankful for our success and we believe that it is our duty to dedicate our time and energy to make a difference.  We invite you to visit our website at http://www.associatedterminals.com.

 

GUY S. MCINNIS, ST. BERNARD PARISH PRESIDENT

As a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish who has served as a teacher, coach, businessman, Councilman-at-Large and now the Parish President, he knows first-hand what a great community we live in.

Guy grew up in St. Bernard where he’s always felt safe, attended great schools and participated in a recreation department that was second to none.  Growing up in St. Bernard Parish afforded his family the opportunities needed to become proud productive citizens.  

He’s a man who looks for solutions in whatever he’s done beginning with his chosen career of teaching and coaching, molding young people in the classroom and on the field at Chalmette High School for 15 years. 

He ran and served as the Justice of the Peace for Ward 4 then served as councilman-at-large and saw many challenges such as infrastructure needs, re-population after Hurricane Katrina, restoring the parish’s image and addressing accountability, promoting transparency and integrity in parish government and working hard to eliminate blight and improve the quality of life in St. Bernard Parish.

Parish President Guy McInnis is married to Laurie and they have three children and four grandchildren.  He graduated from Chalmette High School in 1981 and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from McNeese State University in 1985 and graduated with a degree in Education from Southern University of New Orleans in 2002.

St. Bernard Parish is the fastest growing community in our region and is filled with passionate people who work hard and treat others with respect.  

Guy welcomes everyone to come and see all that historic St. Bernard Parish has to offer from our world class hunting and fishing, to our deep-rooted culture and our numerous festivals.

 

BOASSO AMERICA

In 1985, Walter Boasso founded a 5-acre Dry/Tank container repair depot in New Orleans. Later that year, he and local business partner Scott Giroir launched a container trucking division.

In 1988, Walter and Scott realized the global potential of tank containers so they formed a trucking division called Gulf States Intermodal.

They outgrew the New Orleans facility and in 1989, moved to a 15-acre site in Arabi, LA.  A wash rack was erected on the new site to provide “full” service, a first of its kind in the US.

In 1997, the Chicago terminal was opened followed later that year by the Detroit terminal due to the growing demand by customers in the Midwest region.

The Houston terminal was opened in 1999 as more and more Gulf of Mexico exports migrated from the Port of New Orleans to the Port of Houston.

The Charleston and Jacksonville terminals were opened in 2002 to provide a much-needed presence in the ever-growing South Atlantic gateway.

In 2003, the company moved to its current 50-acre Chalmette site having outgrown its Arabi location.

In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s winds and flooding devastated the Chalmette terminal along with the entire Parish of St. Bernard. Operations were temporarily shifted to the Houston terminal and by December, the Chalmette terminal was back to 100% functionality.

In December of 2007, Boasso America was purchased by Quality Distribution Inc. (QDI).

In December of 2008, the Newark terminal was opened and management control of the Savannah terminal was assumed from QDI.

The 25 Years of Success of Boasso America was celebrated in 2010.

Boasso America makes another acquisition in October of 2011 assuming management control of the Norfolk terminal previously owned by Greensville Transport Company.

Boasso America’s 10th terminal servicing the Memphis area is opened in West Memphis, AR in 2015.

Quality Distribution Inc., and Boasso America, is acquired by funds advised by Apax Partners in 2015.
Boasso America acquires Isotank Group U.K. in 2016 marking the beginning of overseas expansion with eight locations throughout the UK.
In 2016, Boasso America’s 11th terminal servicing the Mobile area is opened in Creola, Alabama.
In 2017, Boasso Global acquires Den Hartogh’s tank cleaning and depot business furthering expansion in Europe.  He acquisition included 2 locations in the Netherlands (Botlek & Dordrecht), 1 in France (Amien) and 1 in Spain (Parets).

Boasso America is proud to call St. Bernard Parish home.  The company is committed to employee development and environmental preservation, will innovatively grow operations while maintaining its foundation as the safest and most trusted resource among tank container service providers.  Please visit www.boassoamerica.com to find out more about us.

 

THE MERAUX FOUNDATION

The Meraux Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established by Arlene Meraux to benefit the community of St. Bernard Parish by leveraging its landholdings. Today, the Foundation’s board of directors is presided over by Arlene’s niece, Rita Gue, and consists of members Floyd Gue, Bill Haines, Chris Haines, and Sidney Torres, III. Guided by Arlene’s vision, the Board is implementing an innovative strategy to create lasting change and build a better St. Bernard.

Joseph Meraux’s landholdings were among the largest known in the history of St. Bernard Parish. When he died, he left his estate to Arlene Meraux, who established the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation. The family-run private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization relies upon its landholdings to implement an innovative strategy to improve St. Bernard Parish in accordance with Arlene’s guiding vision.

In addition to the customary functions of foundations, the Meraux Foundation manages, maintains, and preserves extensive and diverse properties, including levee-protected lands, pastures, woodlands, historic structures and sites, canals, water bottoms, riverfront property, battures, bayou-ridge sites, and non-levee wetlands and marshes.

Each type of land poses complex and often delicate challenges in its preservation, protection, and use, but the Foundation aims to maximize both short and long-term benefits for the community and ecosystem. The Meraux Foundation intends to preserve natural environments while pushing St. Bernard ahead using smart-growth and sustainable development principles.

To date, it has donated land for public need, such as the land for the new Arlene Meraux Elementary School, the hospital and sheriff’s station. The Meraux Foundation has also made real estate impact investments to spur economic development and leveraged property to fund its charitable activities, including an annual scholarship program.

These advances add up to the ultimate goal of improving the local quality of life for all St. Bernard residents.

Please visit www.merauxfoundation.org for up to the minute information about projects and activities as well as learn about how the Meraux Foundation has and will continue to make St. Bernard Parish the best place to live, work and play.

 

ST. BERNARD OFFICE OF TOURISM

The mission of the Office of Tourism is to promote and market St. Bernard’s rich history, culture, festivals and recreational opportunities and to attract visitors to the area.  The Office of Tourism is active in many events throughout the year including the Battle of New Orleans Commemoration, Islenos Fiesta, Tourism Awareness Week, local fishing tournaments, travel and trade shows. The Office of Tourism supports tourism strategic planning, advertising and promotional campaigns, which generate increased tourist visitation.

St. Bernard is just 5 miles from downtown New Orleans, yet its scenic beauty, cultural treasures and beautiful waterways will make you yearn to remain in its tranquil surroundings. Bountiful waterways such as Lake Borgne, the Mississippi River and Breton Sound make this a paradise for fishing, hunting or bird watching.  Step back in time to where the War of 1812 ended and where Spanish colonists originally settled in 1778. 

We are the home to several historic and culturally significant attractions, many found along the San Bernardo Scenic Byway. Discover New Orleans’ most historic neighbor one stop at a time.

Visit www.visitstbernard.com to start your interesting and historic tour of St. Bernard Parish.

Historical Sites
40 Arpent Wetlands Observatory
Historic Beauregard Courthouse
Hurricane Katrina Memorial
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Chalmette Battlefield
Los Islenos Museum & Village
Old Arabi Historic Districts
San Bernardo National Scenic Byway
St. Bernard State Park
The Old Arabi Sugar Museum
Val Riess Recreation Complex

Events and Festivals
January:  Battle of New Orleans Commemoration
February/March:  Knights of Nemesis Mardi Gras Parade
March:  Los Islenos Fiesta/Louisiana Crawfish Festival
April:  Irish, Italian and Islenos Parades
May:  Tomato Festival
July:  St. Bernard Salutes America
October:  Old Arabi Sugar Festival/Violet Oyster Festival/Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival/Trunk or Treat
November:  Veterans Day Parade/Bayou Road Balloon Festival
December:  Christmas at the Complex/Islenos Holiday Bonfire/Pearl Harbor Commemoration
Yuletide Celebration at the Malus-Beauregard House

Eating in St. Bernard!
There are just way too many great local places with unbelievable food so we’ll just suggest you click on this link!   http://www.visitstbernard.com/eat – .WkvmLVQ-eCQ

Staying in St. Bernard!
The places to stay in St. Bernard are as unique as the parish itself.  In addition to having two great hotel options and soon a Holiday Inn, there are several campgrounds, including the St. Bernard State Park. Looking for something off the beaten path? Try one of our adventurous fishing lodges, accommodations with rooms and a view for everyone from the lone fishermen to the entire family. Or, relax in peace and quiet at one of our bed and breakfast establishments. Either way, you are our guest of honor here in the parish!  Click here for more details:  http://www.visitstbernard.com/stay – .Wkvm_lQ-eCQ

Playing in St. Bernard!
Your adventure starts here in St. Bernard Parish – just 5 miles from downtown New Orleans, you’ll feel like you’re a world away.  Explore the Chalmette Battlefield where Andrew Jackson’s army defeated the British in the War of 1812, delight in the sights of one of America’s Prettiest Painted Places, experience Louisiana’s Spanish heritage at the Islenos Museum & Village, or take in a day of fishing in the bayous and wetlands on one of Louisiana’s best charter fishing tours all along one of America’s National Scenic Byways. Build an itinerary for one day, one weekend, or the whole week – there’s plenty of delicious food and festivals to make your trip complete. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Information Center at 409 Aycock Street in Arabi as your first stop for the latest information during your trip or order a guide now to start planning your adventure.  Click here for more:  www.visitstbernard.com/play#.WkvoD1Q-eCQ

Contact the St. Bernard Office of Tourism
Visitor Information Center

409 Aycock Street
Arabi, Louisiana 70032
Office Number: (504) 278-4242
Email: info@visitstbernard.com
Web:  www.visitstbernard.com

 

SIDNEY D. TORRES, III

In 1971, The Law Offices of Sidney D. Torres, III began the practice of law in the New Orleans area with the philosophy of providing dedicated legal assistance to his clients in their time of need. His productive labors and perseverance for his clients have resulted in a firm, which is one of the most successful and highly respected in the area. The experienced and competent attorneys, notaries public, and support personnel are always ready to assist and provide solutions to their client’s problems, including such areas as personal injury claims, class action litigation, business litigation, domestic law, estate planning and real estate transactions.

Operating with this mindset is what has allowed the firm to recover millions for their clients since 1971. It is through dedicated, compassionate, and extensive legal expertise that they have been able to do so much for their clients — and this is exactly how they continue to operate to this day. Serving justice, one case at a time.

The firm’s continuing philosophy, and its pledge, is to give each client their full attention and respect, and to work diligently and effectively to provide the services needed in all practice areas and at every level of the court system.  Our website is www.torres-law.com.

Property Title, Inc. is a division of The Law Offices of Sidney D. Torres, III and was established over forty years ago to serve the St. Bernard Parish area. Since that time, Property Title has expanded to handle the entire metro New Orleans area with offices in Chalmette, Metairie, and the Northshore. With a team of experienced Real Estate Attorneys, Notaries, and a well-trained staff, Property Title, Inc. services all commercial and residential transactions.  Please visit us at www.propertytitle.com.          

Another major historic venue in St. Bernard Parish is the former Ford Motor Plant in Arabi.  The site is now owned by an investment group led by Sidney Torres, III. They are working on ideas to develop the property in a way that will bring real value to the area.        

The reason Ford invested here is because New Orleans at the time formed the nation’s premier commercial corridor with Latin America, a market Ford previously served through New York City.  The corporation purchased 10 acres at 7200 N. Peters Street along the Arabi riverfront, and in 1922, erected a 225,000-square-foot plant built to the standard Ford specifications.  Two stories in the front, one in the rear, raised above the grade and replete with all the latest technologies including a freight elevator, Ford’s Arabi plant looked like a little bit of the Motor City in the Crescent City.  The designer was Albert Kahn, the famed industrial architect whose technique of using steel-reinforced concrete allowed for the creation of vast floor space obstructed minimally by pillars. The favored building designer of the automotive industry, Kahn became known as the “architect of Detroit.”  Not precisely a factory because parts were manufactured in Detroit, the Arabi facility, which opened in 1923, operated as an assembly, testing and distribution plant. Components arrived by barge and were unloaded at the Charbonnet Street Wharf in the Lower Ninth Ward, where they were moved onto the Public Belt Railroad and brought down to the plant.   Within two years, 400 skilled workers were outputting 150 automobiles per day and demand would only increase. Getting the inventory to dealerships meant Ford had to invest also in railroads and ships; Ford’s freighter S.S. Oneida, for example, would run back and forth to Tampa, Fla., with loads of 300 completed automobiles, each “Made in Arabi.”

Crevasse 22 Mission House Museum is a mission by Sidney Torres, III designed to provide training, education, and information for creative artists, cultural producers and the community, to protect the cultural legacy and to promote the revitalization of the city as a cultural and economic center. 

It is an ongoing indoor/outdoor art exhibition staged at the sight of a devastating crevasse, a massive breach in the levee on the Mississippi River, which flooded much of St. Bernard Parish, just below the city of New Orleans. That crevasse gave New Orleans leaders the erroneous idea to blow up the nearby levee to prevent the flooding of New Orleans during the historic flood of 1927. The flooding of the city was actually averted by a crevasse upriver of the city, which rendered the second destruction of St. Bernard Parish tragically unnecessary.  Please visit www.cano-la.org/crevasse22 for more information.      

The Ranch Studios is a state of the art movie/television production facility in the heart of Hollywood South.  Located in St. Bernard Parish, The Ranch sits on 22 acres and currently provides 220,000 square feet of Stage and Flex space in addition to 25,000 square feet of office space.  There’s enough parking for over 900 cars.

The Ranch is what great stories are made of – the nasty villain, a good hero and a town that needed a bit of saving. The story of The Ranch starts off with one of the jewels of the South, St. Bernard Parish. After the town’s villain, Hurricane Katrina, ravaged the Parish it seemed all was lost. Nestled only 7 miles from downtown New Orleans, its people needed a glimmer of hope. Enter Jason Waggenspack, the hero who is called Head of Possibilities. Together with Sidney D. Torres, lll, their vision is to not only build a state of the art film studio but to develop an ecosystem that fosters education, creativity, and economic development.  The Ranch believes that inspiring creativity is their calling. They are passionate to see others realize their greatest imaginations. They set themselves apart from the pack by providing exemplary customer service in state of the art facilities. They have helped revive a devastated economy by providing a home for major blockbusters including Terminator Genisys and Deep Water Horizon. At the end of the day they are storytellers serving storytellers …that’s the story.  www.wearetheranch.com.

 

DOMINO SUGAR CHALMETTE REFINERY

ASR Group’s Domino Sugar Chalmette Refinery has been a proud part of the St. Bernard Parish community and economy since 1909. As the largest sugar refinery in the western hemisphere, it produces 19% of the nation’s cane sugar supply—  more than 950,000 tons a year—at a rate of more than 7 million pounds a day. The sugar is packaged on 32 lines that produce 70 types, grades and package sizes. The refinery is one of the largest local employers, employing 400 people and sustaining more than 100 additional jobs through trucking, terminal operations, cargo handling and ship piloting. The Domino Sugar Chalmette Refinery is a testament to homemade products and homegrown American jobs and economic activity in Louisiana. Seventy percent of the raw sugar the sugar factory receives comes from sugarcane grown and milled in the state.     ASR Group is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar, with an annual production capacity of more than 6 million tons of sugar. The company produces a full line of grocery, industrial, food service and specialty sweetener products. Across North America, ASR Group owns and operates six sugar refineries, located in New York, California, Maryland, Louisiana, Canada and Mexico. The company also owns Belize’s only sugar mill. In the European Union, the company owns and operates sugar refineries in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Italy, as well as a sugar production facility in Germany. The company’s brand portfolio includes Domino®, C&H®, Florida Crystals®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Lyle’s®, Sidul® and Notadolce®.  We invite you to visit www.ASR-Group.com, www.careers.fcc-asrgroup.com and check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dominosugarchalmette.

              


CHALMETTE REFINING, LLC

As a neighbor for many decades, we are pleased to sponsor this all-new high-tech campaign designed to encourage our local citizens to shop in St. Bernard Parish in a fun and interesting way.  We invite you to take the “Digital Tour” of the parish so you can learn more about all the many local businesses here plus lots of other interesting information about beautiful St. Bernard!

The Chalmette Refinery, located outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 189,000 barrel per day, dual-train coking refinery with a Nelson Complexity of 12.7 and is capable of processing both light and heavy crude oil. The facility is strategically positioned on the Gulf Coast with strong logistics connectivity that offers flexible raw material sourcing and product distribution opportunities, including the potential to export products.  The Chalmette refinery processes a variety of crude oils and predominantly produces gasoline, distillates and specialty chemicals.  The refinery distributes its products locally and exports to domestic and international markets through pipeline and maritime assets.

The refinery rests on 400 acres of what was the de la Ronde Plantation in Chalmette, Louisiana. The grounds are also part of the site where the Battle of New Orleans was fought in 1815.

In 2015, we celebrated our 100th Birthday here in St. Bernard Parish!

We are pleased to share with you our historical timeline: 

1915-1923 Pelican Oil Company

1923-1924 Chalmette Oil & Refining Company

1923 The Vaccaro Brothers (Standard Fruit Company), purchased the plant and named it Chalmette Oil & Refining Company.

1924-1944 Chalmette Petroleum Corporation

1924 The Vaccaro Brothers renamed the facility Chalmette Petroleum Corporation.

1944-1955 Bay Petroleum Company

After the acquisition, Bay Petroleum Company operated the plant under its old name, Chalmette Petroleum Corporation until 1951 when the refinery was re- branded Bay Petroleum Company.

1955-1988 The Tennessee Gas Transmission Company purchased Bay Petroleum Company and began extensive expansion.

1960 Tenneco Corporation was formed and in 1966 assumed control of all of Tennessee Gas assets. The refinery then became Tenneco Refinery.

1988-1997 Mobil Oil Refinery Chalmette

Mobil Corporation purchased the refinery and operated it as a sole entity until 1997. At this time, Mobil sold 50 percent interest to PDV Chalmette, Inc., a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the Venezuelan state owned oil company. They renamed the new corporation Chalmette Refining, LLC

1997-2015 Chalmette Refining, LLC

1999 Exxon Corp. and Mobil Corp. merged. Chalmette Refining, a stand-alone corporation owned jointly by ExxonMobil and PDVSA, and operated by ExxonMobil, now owned the refinery.

2015 Chalmette Refining, LLC

On November 1, 2015, a subsidiary of PBF Energy, Inc. purchased Chalmette Refining, LLC.

Please visit us at http://www.chalmetterefining.com.
We’d love to hear from you!

 

ST. BERNARD PORT, HARBOR AND TERMINAL DISTRICT

The St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District is strategically located on   the lower Mississippi River, connected to the nation by the Mississippi River, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway System, all six Class 1 Railroads and interstate highways.  Globally importing and exporting raw materials, the St. Bernard Port is truly multimodal.  The Port is home to the only calm-water, deep-draft   slip on the lower Mississippi River, with four separate mid-stream buoys, located at four different sites.  The buoys service both bulk and break-bulk cargos, with the loading and unloading of ships, ranging in sizes up to 1,000-foot cape-sized vessels.  More than twenty-one million short tons of cargo was handled in St. Bernard Parish in 2017.

As a landlord port, there are 48 different businesses located at the St. Bernard Port, creating an additional 1,200 jobs, and employing over 800 full-time employees in St. Bernard Parish.

“St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District is proud to sponsor the efforts of Shop St. Bernard USA. As one of the economic engines for St. Bernard Parish, the Port recognizes the importance of our citizens and the impact they can make on the economy. The more St. Bernard Parish citizens support companies and local businesses the more our parish will develop and progress.”

The Port encourages all of our citizens to Shop St. Bernard and help companies and local businesses not only succeed– but grow!

Additional information on the St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District can be found at www.stbernardport.com

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