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Two experienced executives join Ports of Indiana

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Ports of Indiana engaged Ian Hirt and Matt Service to help launch new cargo and rail projects.

“Ian and Matt bring extensive experience and proven records of success for developing rail and maritime cargo projects,” said Jody Peacock, Ports of Indiana CEO, in a press release. “Their expertise and institutional knowledge will be extremely valuable as Ports of Indiana seeks to launch new multimodal projects involving container shipping and rail expansions throughout Indiana.”

Hirt will lead cargo development efforts, including establishing new container shipments, for Ports of Indiana. Service will lead rail development efforts at all three ports. He will also explore expansion projects beyond the existing ports.

Hirt is a marine industry veteran. He has an ownership interest in Benchmark Marine Agency. The agency services ports around the western Great Lakes. Hirt previously served as port director for Ports of Indiana’s Burns Harbor location from 2017 to 2021.

Hirt has worked as the general manager of North American Stevedoring Co. at the Port of Chicago. He also served as general manager for Federal Marine Terminals at Burns Harbor. Hirt is a graduate of Northern Michigan University.

Service owns Service Rail Advisors. He recently served as chief investment officer at Pioneer Lines and executive vice president and CEO for Patriot Rail. Service has experience in strategic planning, business growth and safety improvements for rail operations.

Service previously worked for CSX Transportation and OmniTrax. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

“Ian and Matt bring extensive institutional knowledge and industry connections that will help lead multiple business development projects for Ports of Indiana,” said Jenna Richardt, senior vice president-business development and engagement. “We are excited to enlist their services to lead key projects and explore uncharted territory for Ports of Indiana’s future growth and development.”

Ports of Indiana operates three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. The Burns Harbor location is in Northwest Indiana and handles ocean ships, lake vessels and river barges. Ports of Indiana was established in 1961.


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