In his final Brunswick “State of the Port” speech, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Doug Marchand noted that the Colonel’s Island terminal in Brunswick saw its second highest volumes ever during fiscal year 2009.  

Colonel’s Island, principally a point of entry for agricultural goods and roll-on/roll-off cargo like automobiles, moved 1.3 million tons throughout the year. 

Mr. Marchand was credited with transforming the port into a Southeastern hub for these cargo segments over his 15-year tenure. He will retire as executive director effective Jan. 1, 2010. 

Mr. Marchand also announced infrastructure improvements in Brunswick and noted that Mercedes-Benz USA is nearing completion of a 70,000-square-foot facility that will become the German automaker’s South Atlantic import hub. When opened, the facility will create 122 jobs, according to a Georgia Ports Authority news release. 

“I believe the future of this port is very bright and the opportunities we have worked so hard to attain are being realized,” Mr. Marchand said. 

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