Middle River Marine, LLC. Acquires Kindra Lake Towing

November 21, 2022

Mokena, IL – Today, Middle River Marine, LLC. is pleased to announce the acquisition of assets of Kindra Lake Towing LP, of Chicago. The agreement will expand MRM’s bulk material logistic operations with the addition of five vessels, marine equipment, and a harbor slip in South Chicago. This agreement creates an organization better able to serve customers and grow in the marketplace.

Middle River will expand its affreightment, towing, fleeting and terminal services to customers on the Illinois Waterways, including Lake Michigan. Additionally, Middle River is excited to increase its workforce and add more experience to our team. This marks another step forward in MRM’s ability to serve the construction materials, agricultural products, and industrial commodities in Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and the Great Lakes.

“Our people make the difference and we’re happy to welcome new coworkers to expand the MRM team,” said Aaron Halcomb, President of Middle River Marine. “For our customers, this further extends our ability to economically, efficiently, and sustainably meet their logistics needs.”Kindra, through its 2 companies, began in South Chicago in 1983 cleaning and repairing barges.  Beginning in 1992, Kindra began moving barges between South Chicago and Burns Harbor, Gary, Buffington, and Indiana Harbor in Northwest Indiana as well as Lemont, Illinois. They have provided Coast Guard approved fleeting areas for tank barges as well as marine equipment and services for special projects.

John Kindra, President of Kindra Lake Towing said, “Since starting Kindra Lake Towing in 1992 with three tugboats, it has been fun, challenging, rewarding and a pleasure growing our companies. We have grown internally through the development and promotion of our employees.   Our continued success has been due to the loyalty of our customers.”

Middle River Marine began river and rail terminal operations on the Great Lakes and the Illinois river system in 1998. Terminal operations now include South Chicago, Calumet Park, Lemont, Joliet, Rock Creek, and Henry. MRM’s marine operations now include eleven vessels, and 88 barge fleet with over 120 total coworkers.


About Middle River Marine - The Cargo and Logistic Architects
Middle River Marine is a full-service harbor and fleeting company providing marine towing and a variety of marine and terminaling services. MRM’s service area ranges from St. Louis to Chicago and the Calumet Harbor. MRM vessels hail from ports along the Illinois river system, are piloted by experts with over 20 years of experience and maintained by highly skilled crews. MRM is certified through the American Waterways Operators (RCP) and Sub Chapter M compliant. We are committed to safe, responsible, economical and sustainable marine operations.

Contact: Jim Sibley, 312-385-3980