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Ohio Conference on Freight to Feature Tours

In-person tours of freight facilities are a way to connect the theoretical to the practical when it comes to creating a multimodal freight transportation system. Because of the number and quality of freight-related assets in northwest Ohio, people who attend the 2011 Ohio Conference on Freight (September 20 & 21) will have the option to choose from two types of freight facilities when they register. Both tours have limitations on the number of people who can be accommodated. Registration for this year’s conference including the tours is available here.

One option is a tour of the Walgreen’s Regional Distribution Center in Perrysburg. Participants will tour this 687,000-square-foot facility to see state-of-the-art logistics in operation. The 90-minute walking tour will demonstrate use of automated guided vehicles, automated storage and retrieval cranes, high speed sorting equipment and pick-to-light technology. Participants should wear comfortable closed-toe shoes.

The other tour will view recent improvements at the Port of Toledo. New equipment installed at Midwest Terminals over the last 18 months has made the port into the most modern and efficient on the Great Lakes. A bus-based tour will show the two new mobile harbor cranes, a new conveyor system, and the largest material handler in the world. The Toledo port is the largest landmass seaport on the Great Lakes and handles more than 12 million tons of cargo and 700 vessel calls each year. A virtual tour is at www.tourtheport.com.

Registration is now available for the 2011 Ohio Conference on Freight. Go directly to registration here or look for more information and review the current agenda here. Please note that the special conference rate at the Toledo Hilton is available through September 9.

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