Port of Tacoma marks export milestone

The largest single shipment of Genie lifts to move through the Port of Tacoma is scheduled to arrive Friday in Panama.

More than 75 Genie lifts left the Port’s Terminal 7 on the Sitcum Waterway last week on the Tarago, a vessel operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, for delivery to international markets. The Genie lifts exported through the Port were built at the Terex Aerial Work Platforms plants located in Redmond and Moses Lake. From the Tarago’s destination in Manzanillo, Panama, the equipment will ship to customers in Belgium, Argentina and Australia.

The Genie brand was founded in 1966 in Seattle, when Bud Bushnell bought the manufacturing rights to a material lift that operated on compressed air. Today, Genie is a brand of products manufactured by the Terex Aerial Work Platforms business segment of Terex Corporation.

“This is a great example of how the Port of Tacoma’s breakbulk facilities and transportation connections help shippers get products made in Washington state to a variety of international markets,” said Larry St. Clair, director of the Port’s breakbulk business.

Overall, the Port has seen a 60 percent increase in breakbulk cargo in 2011, which includes Genie lifts and a wide range of industrial, agricultural and construction equipment.