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The Port of Catoosa is celebrating its 50,000 barge to enter the port since 1971

Posted: 6:10 AM, Dec 13, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-13 12:10:58Z

TULSA, Okla. - The Port of Catoosa is celebrating its 50,000 barge to enter the port since 1971, when the first barge carried about 660 tons of newsprint.

On Tuesday, Mayor GT Bynum and other local leaders held a press conference to talk about the milestone.

"The 50,000 barge in the port's history was a great opportunity for us to highlight the partnerships and the people that are necessary to make barge transportation a reality," said David Yarbrough, the Port of Catoosa Director.

He says the port has a big impact on the local economy by helping supply materials to manufacturers and farmers.

The port ships about 30 million bushels of wheat to local farmers every year.

"We're actually reaching about 82 million tons in the history of the port," said Yarbrough.

He says about 3,100 people are employed at the port.

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