Conference Recap 2019

Conference Recap

April 23-25, 2019 - Baton Rouge, LA

IRPT Annual Conference


IRPT 2019: Meet our Exhibitors

Please take a moment to meet the Exhibitors:

Howell Tractor and Equipment

Howell Tractor & Equipment’s heavy construction, mining, material handling, and lifting customers count on them for around the clock sales, rental, service, and parts support. Howell Tractor & Equipment is a heavy construction and earth-moving equipment dealer serving the Midwest.

Howell Tractor & Equipment is dedicated to providing outstanding workmanship and quick turnaround at fair prices. Talk to one of their experienced equipment representatives today. Howell Tractor & Equipment will be able to fulfill all of your equipment, parts and service needs.  Whether you are looking for new, used equipment for purchase or rental, or professional service we welcome you call anytime of the day or night.


5R Enterprises

5R Enterprises, LLC of Morris, Illinois is owned by Chad Cailteux, who spent 13.5 years in sales for a leading equipment dealer in the Chicago area. Chad is on the Illinois River Basin Board for the IRPT, LLC (Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals) and brings several years of experience in the Scrap, Port and Bulk Material handling business. Prior to his career in sales, Chad was a Construction Supt. for a road builder and did private, commercial and industrial site improvements. 5R, stands for Rock, Road, River, Rail and Recycle, all the industries he has been involved in for the last 30 years. 5R has been authorized as a distributor for PLM Duty Cycle Cranes, Kafka Conveyors, Process Equipment (new and used Material Handlers), Inertia Crushing and Screening, Pemberton Attachments and will be renting and selling other equipment for port and construction use. Pieces include, but not limited to, Crushing and Screening Equipment, Sweeping and Water Trucks, Loaders, Excavators, Road Construction equipment, Conveyors, Truck Unloading Systems, Truckable Barges, Attachments, and additional “specialized” equipment.


Nucor Skyline

Nucor Skyline is the one source for all your piling needs, supplying and manufacturing an unparalleled assortment of Bearing Piles, Sheet Piles, Spiralweld, Rolled & Welded, and ERW Pipe, Anchors, Micropiles, Threaded Bars, Tie Rods, Wide Flange, other Structural Sections, and Accessories. We also offer a state-of-the-art, highly-efficient, hot-melt extrusion process. Skyline Steel, LLC (doing business as Nucor Skyline) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nucor Corporation, the largest producer of steel in the United States.

We offer a cost effective and timely solution to your foundation needs with our strategic stocking locations throughout the Americas and the ability to offer barge, rail, and truck transportation options.

In addition to sales offices staffed with experienced sales professionals to meet your material needs, Nucor Skyline offers exclusive engineering support in project design and construction.


Marcus Construction

Marcus Construction is a design-build, general contractor that builds storage for dry fertilizer and other bulk material, chemical & seed warehouses, flat grain storage facilities and complex renovation projects. Marcus is focused on designing the ideal building for the products you store, the equipment you require and maximizing efficiencies for your process flow. Learn more at



Established in 1949, the Liebherr Group is today a leading manufacturer of material handling, earthmoving equipment and a supplier of innovative user-oriented products and services in many other fields. The family-owned company employs more than 41,000 people in over 132 companies worldwide in 50 countries on every continent.

Liebherr’s product range covers material handling and earthmoving machinery, mining equipment, mobile cranes, construction cranes, mixing technology, domestic appliances, maritime cranes, aerospace and transportation systems, machine tools and automation systems as well as high-performance components for mechanical, hydraulic and electrical drive and control technology.  The Group’s holding company is Liebherr-International AG in Bulle, Switzerland, which is entirely owned by members of the Liebherr family.


Louisiana Cat

Louisiana Cat has been proud to represent Caterpillar® for 4 generations in the State of Louisiana.  We strive to be the leader in the markets we serve by offering superior value and an exceptional customer experience.

The history of our company is one of continuity. From 1928 to the present-day operations of Louisiana Cat, we have believed in focusing on the needs of our customers and satisfying them completely. We have a diverse marketplace with demand for nearly every Cat® product application in heavy and compact equipment, as well as the global engine markets worldwide.

Louisiana Cat has one of the largest, Cat Rental Store, rental fleets and the 7th largest excavator market in North America. We are one of Caterpillar's most experienced large bore marine engine dealers and consistently rank in the top dealers in the Americas.

With our highly skilled workforce, Louisiana Cat faces the challenge of meeting the needs of the booming industry.


ZF Marine Propulsion Systems

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company has a global workforce of around 140,000 with approximately 230 locations in some 40 countries. In 2017, ZF achieved sales of approximately €36 billion (preliminary figures). ZF annually invests more than 6 percent of its sales in research and development – ensuring continued success through the design and engineering of innovative technologies. ZF is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. With its technologies, the company is striving for Vision Zero – a world of mobility without accidents and emissions. With its broad portfolio, ZF is advancing mobility and services in the automobile, truck and industrial technology sectors. ZF’s marine business unit  is a world leader in propulsion system technology.  ZF provides transmissions, controls, propellers and commercial thrusters for a myriad of applications in the commercial vessel (work boat) industry. Talk to ZF Marine about your next repower or newbuild project to see how we can assist you.



SENNEBOGEN has been a leading name in the global material handling industry for over 60 years. Based in Stanley, North Carolina, within the greater Charlotte region, SENNEBOGEN LLC offers a complete range of purpose-built machines to suit virtually any material handling application. Established in America in the year 2000, SENNEBOGEN LLC has quickly become a leading provider of specialized equipment solutions for barge and port operations, recycling and scrap metal yards, log-handling, demolition, transfer stations and waste facilities from coast to coast. A growing network of distributors supports SENNEBOGEN LLC sales and service across the Americas, ensuring the highest standard of professional machine support and parts availability.


Caterpillar, Inc.

Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three primary segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.  Building Construction Products (BCP) Division is a global division of Caterpillar Inc responsible for designing, manufacturing and supporting Caterpillar’s line of small, versatile construction machines and attachments. BCP is responsible for seven product families and more than 70 models.  Caterpillar BCP will be showcasing their RemoteTask™ remote control system for Cat® D Series Skid Steer, Multi Terrain and Compact Track Loaders.  The RemoteTask system enables operators to precisely control the machines from outside the cab—as far away as 1,000 ft (300 m) and at a safe distance from potentially hazardous tasks and environments. Visit us to learn how the RemoteTask™ can help your river and barge operations be safer and more efficient with technology.


Anvil Attachments

Anvil Attachments is the world leader in the manufacturing of grabs and provides clamshell buckets and grapples to some of the largest companies around the world.  Anvil Attachments has been providing grabs through various brand names for over 100 years; this experience has allowed for Anvil to refine their product through constant improvements through new technology and customer feedback.

Anvil builds all of their products around a system of standard parts; this allows them to reduce cost, improve lead times and maintain a consistent inventory of parts on the shelf.  Anvil consistently maintains the fastest lead times in the industry.  Anvil practices LEAN manufacturing to eliminate waste, improve quality and lower cost.  Anvil stays on the cutting edge in technology.  They utilize Finite Element Analysis software, which identifies issues in design before manufacturing, allowing them to reduce unnecessary weight while increasing strength.  Their manufacturing facilities feature the latest technology in CNC, burning tables and robots.

Anvils continuing improvements are proven through their portfolio of patents, such as their patented cluster sheave assemble, this design increases the life of the grab cable by up to three times over traditional assemblies, saving the customer both time and money.

Service and quality are what sets Anvil apart from the competition, and they stand behind every product they produce.


Ten Mile Exchange

Ten Mile Exchange is a barge fleeting, maintenance and shifting company that is located on the 10-mile marker in the ICWW in Marrero, Louisiana. TME has over 2 miles of fleeting space on the North and South Banks of the GIWW West at Mile Marker 10.

Ten Mile Exchange offers topside maintenance and pumping/shingling repair. Due to their maritime experience, they also offer professional safe care for your barges and vessels, providing your company with a safe, convenient harbor for your barges and boats. Members of AWO, GNOBFA, and GICA, Ten Mile Exchange also offers fleeting for Red Flags, Dry Cargo, Deck Barges, and Vessels.


J.F. Brennan Company

J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. (Brennan) provides marine construction, environmental remediation, and harbor management services on the inland waterways of the United States. Loyal to the company’s founding principles of hard work and innovation, Brennan is currently celebrating 100 years in business. With over 50 ADCI-certified commercial divers and a large fleet of marine equipment, Brennan provides both above- and below-water services. A value-driven contractor, delivering cost-effective solutions to owners of water-based infrastructure, Brennan serves as a valued resource for the inland waterways and those operating on them.


E-Crane International

E-Crane International USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Indusign N.V., a Belgian engineering company. ECI-USA is the exclusive provider of marketing, sales, engineering, product support, and spare parts for the E-Crane product line in North and South America.

The "E" in E-Crane stands for Equilibrium. The design is based on a parallelogram style boom that provides a direct mechanical connection between the counterweight and the load, ensuring that the E-Crane remains balanced throughout its working range. Compared to conventional cranes that require as much as 80% of their available energy just to move the boom, stick, and grab, the E-Crane makes gravity work for you instead of against you, reducing horsepower requirements and power consumption by up to 50%, and significantly reducing maintenance and operating costs.

The E-Crane series offers models with up to 50 tons duty cycle capacity and 150 ft/50m horizontal outreach. Its modular design allows each E-Crane to be tailor-made to the client's specific requirements.



NABRICO has been closely associated with the nation’s waterways for more than 116 years. NABRICO is one of the most highly respected names in the water transportation industry. NABRICO started in 1902 and built its first floating equipment for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in 1915. More than ten decades of experience, engineering and nautical expertise go into every piece of equipment built today. NABRICO is a major supplier of marine deck hardware on the river system as well as the offshore industry. In addition, NABRICO offers a complete line of winches, hatches, castings (bitts, kevels, chocks, D-Rings, Panama Canal chocks, etc.), watertight doors, tank barge fittings (expansion trunks, drip pans, warning signs, small tanks, etc.). Just call NABRICO, it is a name you can rely on.



PND Engineers

PND Engineers, Inc., (PND) is a civil/structural firm specializing in the design of marine facilities, including bulkheads, docks, piers, dolphins, fendering systems, floats, and wave barriers.  Our engineers are skilled in all areas of marine and upland engineering, including civil, structural and coastal.  PND also provides planning, condition inspection, permitting services, and construction support.  Our marine design projects have included port facilities, marine terminals, boatyards, marinas, boat launches, cruise ship facilities, and passenger ferry terminals.

PND’s marine experience extends to the inland waterways of our nation where we recognize the importance of maintaining and improving these critical transportation routes. Ranging from the Yukon River of Alaska to the great Mississippi, PND has provided award winning, innovative, cost savings designs.  PND’s experience with tall bulkheads, heavy loading requirements, challenging site conditions, high seismic potential, flooding, and scour conditions has resulted in many successful projects throughout the inland waterways.



Arcosa Lightweight is the largest producer of rotary kiln expanded shale and clay lightweight aggregate in North America, with production facilities in California, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana and Arkansas.

Arcosa Lightweight is uniquely situated to supply expanded shale and clay lightweight aggregate to markets in most of the 48 contiguous states. With plants located with access to America's extensive inland river system, as well as the nation's railroad network, Arcosa Lightweight is able to serve the construction industry from California to Virginia and from Minnesota to Florida, and most points in between.

Arcosa Lightweight's expanded shale and clay lightweight aggregate can reduce the density of compacted geotechnical fills by up to one-half. This advantage, coupled with its predictable high internal friction angle, can also reduce lateral forces by more than one-half, making it the ideal backfill material for reducing the cost of sheet piling and retaining walls at port facilities.  Arcosa’s lightweight aggregate has also been effectively used to increase the durability and service life of concrete when it is used for Internal Curing.

ARCOSA, Inc. is a diversified industrial company that owns market-leading businesses providing products and services to the energy, transportation, chemical, and construction sectors.


Matrix PDM Engineering

Matrix PDM Engineering provides comprehensive, multi-discipline engineering solutions with industry-leading expertise in aboveground storage, low temperature and  cryogenic tanks and terminals, specialty vessels, silos and other bulk storage, natural gas processing, sulfur recovery, processing and handling, process plant design, power generation environmental controls and  material handling, industrial power distribution design and engineering, electrical, instrumentation and controls / controls and automation, marine structures and material handling systems and terminals.


Gladon Outdoors

Gladon Outdoors is pleased to present our line of Instant Repair Patches and Structural Adhesives to Inland Rivers Ports & Terminals. Our Instant Repair Patch is a UV light activated, fiberglass reinforced, waterproof repair patch that bonds to any hard surface, even rust. This patch is an ideal for use on barge covers, piping, conduit, PVC, and more.

Our Structural Adhesive can be used in a variety of applications, including spider cracks on barge covers, and bin doors. This adhesive has been proven to significantly reduce damage to Lifting Eye/Clamp Assemblies when used in conjunction with our Instant Repair Patches.

Gladon Outdoors also offers a complete line of specialty adhesive products, including threadlockers, RTV Silicones, cyanoacrylates, epoxies, urethanes and spray adhesives.


Trabus Technologies

Trabus Technologies (TRABUS) is a minority owned, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in San Diego, California. TRABUS is a technology company with expertise in cybersecurity, wireless technologies, maritime information services, and artificial intelligence. TRABUS is dedicated to solving real-world problems that drive market innovation across the government and multiple industry sectors. Incorporated in 2010, TRABUS has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in America, making the Inc. 5000 list for last four consecutive years.


Wintech International

Wintech International, LLC is a Louisiana-based company that has proudly provided years of dependable service to operators all over the world. We serve a wide variety of industries including marine, mining, manufacturing, material handling, inland terminal, and construction to name a few.  Our product lines include Hand Winches, Barge Winches, Barge Connectors, Barge Moving Systems, Rail Car Pullers, Electric Winches, Air Winches, Vertical Electric Capstans, Fairleads and Roller Chocks, however, Wintech specializes in custom products, so if you don't see what you need or have a unique application we can help design a product to suit your application.


Mainstream Commercial Divers, Inc.

Mainstream Commercial Divers, Inc., a subsidiary of Moran Environmental Recovery, is a full-service underwater inspection, construction, maintenance, and diving company. With offices in Murray, KY, Wilmington, NC, and Charleston, SC, Mainstream’s qualified personnel are committed to providing responsive services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mainstream is experienced in all aspects of inland commercial diving and underwater construction. Mainstream has personnel with extensive training and experience in underwater inspection and construction techniques and have successfully performed underwater inspection, construction, and maintenance projects on numerous dams, nuclear power plant facilities, large and small bridges, pipelines, water intake and outfall systems, stilling basins, mooring cells and mooring dolphins, docks, water storage tanks, wastewater treatment facilities, marine ways, and commercial vessels and barges. Dive crews routinely work at heavy construction sites, major industrial sites, power plants, and government sites.


Mantsinen Group Ltc.

Mantsinen provides more efficiency, speed and capacity for our customers in global logistics chain, operating with heavy and basic industry raw materials and semi-finished products. We are the hands-on frontrunner in material handling.

We continuously improve and optimize material handling machinery and processes – without ever compromising​ our customer-oriented approach. ​

We were born with a passion to bring innovation to the material handling business, we have an intimate understanding of the industry in which we circulate. We continue with our mission and welcome our customers to join us on our journey.


Bedford Technology

Plastic lumber is smarter lumber. Bedford Technology is the leading manufacturer of premium, structural and reinforced composite plastic lumber for commercial markets including marineagricultureindustrial and other outdoor markets. Focusing on developing relationships through exceptional customer service and continued product innovation, our HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) products provide our customers with increased longevity and durability.

Bedford Technology’s product lines offer varying degrees of strength, rigidity and structural performance for hundreds of project applications. Composite recycled plastic lumber provides a cost-effective and low-maintenance alternative to traditional building materials that is environmentally-friendly. At the conference, you’ll learn how our smarter lumber products will work for your specific projects in the marine industry. Whether you’re working on piles, docks, bridges, guide walls or other marine applications, SeaPile® and SeaTimber® by Bedford Technology will keep your projects afloat with lasting durability and structural performance.


L.B. Foster Company

Established in 1902, L.B. Foster provides products and services for today’s global infrastructure.  The company is a leading manufacturer, fabricator and distributor of products and services for the rail, construction, energy and utility markets with locations throughout North America and Europe.  The Construction Products Group of L.B. Foster is a leading supplier of steel sheet piling, pipe piling, H beams and piling accessories to the construction industry for over 100 years.  These materials are specified for highway, bridge and heavy engineering/civil construction and rehabilitation projects.  The company’s products have recently contributed to the improvement of many landmark structures including the Panama Canal, Brooklyn Bridge and New Orleans Flood Walls.


Environmental Science Services, Inc.

Established in 1996, Es² is a registered engineering firm (LA, TX, MS, FL) focused on leading-edge technologies in GIS, GPS, UAS, photogrammetry, and remote sensing. Es² offers an industry-leading array of GIS consulting and field services to support our government and private-sector clients.  Es² engineers and GIS Professionals provide solutions and services for local and state government, ports, terminals, pipeline companies, and many others.  Our diverse background, experienced and professional teams, combined with the most current Enterprise GIS technology allow Es² to provide customized, web-based solutions for our clients.


Greystone Construction

Greystone Construction is a general contractor based in Shakopee, Minnesota with a regional office in Bismarck, North Dakota. Greystone has provided commercial, industrial, agricultural, general construction and design-build services in Minnesota, the Midwest and beyond since 1987. In addition to general construction services, Greystone specializes in fabric and metal building construction and can help you with all your building needs.


Marine Solutions

Marine Solutions is a specialized construction and engineering firm focused on building and maintaining waterfront, hydraulic, navigation, and bridge structures. Marine Solutions is a certified small, woman-owned, disadvantaged business enterprise (WBE/DBE) and are fully insured for general, marine and professional liability. Our headquarters are in Kentucky with offices in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. They offer our services throughout the United States and its valued clients included federal, state and municipal agencies, architectural and engineering firms, construction companies, and industrial entities.



Having just celebrated its 130th birthday, Fuchs has established itself as a world class material handling manufacturer with a superior distribution network in North America.  A winner of the coveted iF design award in 2017, a selection process with over 5,000 entries from 50 different industries, Fuchs was recognized for setting the standard for innovation and technology. The full line of Fuchs machines provide customized solutions for scrap, waste, port and recycling applications. We find a way to move all of your dry bulk materials efficiently and cost effectively. All of our offerings come as either mobile units on rubber tires or on tracks. We also offer stationary units to meet the specific demands of your application. All of the units we manufacture come either diesel powered or by electric motors. In addition to specialized solutions, our growing dealer network and will solidify Fuchs as the go-to for all of your material handling needs.