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Frick Services, Inc.

Burns Harbor, Indiana

For nearly 100 years, the Frick family has been serving the needs of Agribusinesses in Indiana. In 1918, Henry Frick opened a feed store and coal yard in Wawaka, about 97 miles from the Port of Burns Harbor, where the company today has its warehousing facility. Still a family owned and operated business, Frick Services, Inc. has grown and changed with the needs of its customers.

Throughout the 50s and 60s, the company expanded into the sale of fertilizers and was a pioneer in the marketing of liquid nitrogen to area farmers. By the 80s, the company established bulk commodity warehouses at Burns Harbor, which handles both dry and liquid bulk products. Today, Frick Services is primarily an agriculture supply company and depends on the Port for its multi-modal transportation options to meet the logistical needs of clients in Indiana and Michigan.

“Water transportation is far and away the most efficient mode in terms of quantity,” said Daniel Frick, Chief Operating Officer. “We get our road salt via vessel from Cleveland, industrial chemicals from Ludington, Michigan, and liquid fertilizer from the Black Sea region. We receive 60,000 to 70,0000 short tons yearly from overseas of nitrogen based liquid fertilizer used in American corn and wheat production.”

“We receive pot ash from Canada via intra-Lake carriers,” continued Frick. “About 20,000 tons can be unloaded in about 15 hours. If that same shipment had come by rail, we would have needed 200 rail cars and 20-25 days to unload. Water transportation has truly benefitted our business by helping us keep costs down for our customers.”

With 200,000 tons of dry storage and over 100,000 tons of liquid storage at the Port of Burns Harbor, Frick Services, Inc. can provide customers such as Cargill, ArcellorMittal, Great Lakes Chloride and Road Solutions with storage and handling facilities at competitive costs.

Frick said, “The port’s facilities have allowed our business to grow and change to meet our customers’ needs. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the port for many years to come.”