A company is adding a $36 million facility to handle steel coils at the Alabama State Port Authority in Mobile. Port officials announced the deal with Alabama Steel Terminals on Wednesday. The company is a joint venture between TriState Maritime Services Inc. and the Richardson Group of Companies. Alabama Steel Terminals will build a 372,600-square-foot warehouse in two phases at the port. It will include both covered and open areas for handling steel coil that's being shipped.
Alabama's primary seaport is marking 85 years in operation in Mobile. The Alabama State Port was dedicated on June 25, 1928. Back then it was called the "Alabama State Docks" and handled exports of coal, forest products and sugar. The public terminals still ship coal and forest products, but the cargo today includes automotive components, poultry and steel.