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Duluth Field trip – Learn About FTZ, Warehousing, and Port Options
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When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Where: 95th Avenue Park and Ride
3629 95th Ave NE
Circle Pines, Minnesota  55014
United States
Contact: Graciela Cuadrado-Vielguth
(763) 788-1651

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Program Description:

Join MGTA on a fieldtrip to Duluth to learn how the Port of Duluth can support your domestic and global trade. This full-day event provides a great opportunity to learn about Duluth’s free trade zone, warehousing, and port transportation options.

In addition, we have arranged plant tours of two international companies: ME Global and Cirrus Aircraft. The tours provide views into their product production and how they support their international customers. Please note that the Cirrus Aircraft tour requires U.S. citizens show a valid driver license and non-US citizens must provide a passport.

The day includes coach bus transportation (with wifi) from the Twin Cities to/from Duluth – just show up and enjoy a relaxing day with other trade professionals. Lunch will be provided.

Port of Duluth-Superior – Duluth Cargo Connect

Duluth Cargo Connect provides seamless cargo handling, storage, distribution and transportation logistics services for breakbulk, heavy lift and other project cargoes moving in and out of the Port of Duluth.

While Duluth-Superior port has been known as the Great Lakes "bulk cargo capital” and ranked in the nation's top 20 ports, it now offers a full-service, multimodal hub for domestic and international trade. At the crossroads of three major highway systems and four Class I railroads - BNSF, CN, CP and UP - it is ideally situated for moving containerized cargo in and out of the heartland. This, combined with Duluth’s free trade zone and warehousing options, provides options worth exploring.

ME Global

ME Global, is a division of the 101 year old company ME Elecmetal. Founded in 1917, ME Elecmetal is a leading company in the mining industry providing total solutions for mineral processing worldwide. The Duluth Minnesota plant uses electric arc furnaces and vacuum molding systems to produce products serving mining, construction, and industry.

ME Global Inc. d.b.a. ME Elecmetal, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the 101 year old company Compañía Electrometalúrgica, S.A. (Elecmetal) located in Santiago, Chile. Both companies were founded in 1917. ME Elecmetal acquired ME Global Inc. in 2001 and are both leaders in the mining industry, providing wear parts and total solutions for mineral processing worldwide. ME Elecmetal has foundry facilities in Rancagua, Chile; Changzhou, China, Tempe, AZ and Duluth, MN. The Duluth Minnesota plant uses electric arc furnaces and vacuum molding systems to produce products serving the mining, aggregate, and construction industries.

Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft is a recognized leader in general aviation, with its all-composite line of personal aircraft. Cirrus incorporates innovative and advanced performance, electronic and safety technologies, including avionics and the unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. Cirrus exports their aircrafts internationally.

Hope you can join us!

Who Should Attend:

  • Supply Chain / Logistics staff supporting domestic or international transportation and shipments
  • Import Brokers
  • Freight Forwarders

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the function and benefits of a free trade zone.
  2. Learn about the services and benefits of the Duluth Port warehouse.
  3. Understand the Duluth-Superior Port multimodal cargo hub services and transportation options.
  4. Gain familiarity with Cirrus Aircraft and ME Global production, supply chain, and transportation

Agenda / Schedule:

7:00-7:30 Registration / Check-in – Must arrive before 7:30 a.m.

95th Avenue Park and Ride
3629 95th Ave NE
Circle Pines, MN 55014

7:30 am Bus leaves - Lorenz Bus company to travel to Duluth
9:45 am Arrive - ME Global (Duluth) tour
11:15 am Lunch (provided by Agility Logistics)
12:00 pm Bus – travel to Cirrus Aircraft
12:30 pm Cirrus Aircraft tour
2:15 pm Bus – travel to Duluth Port
2:30 pm Duluth Port, FTZ, and Warehouse tour
3:45 pm Bus – travel back to Twin Cities
5:45 pm Arrive - 95th Avenue Park and Ride

*Bus has wifi internet access


Pete Kramer

General Manager
Duluth Cargo Connect

Pete Kramer is the General Manager of Lake Superior Warehousing Co., Inc., a company that partners with Duluth Seaway Port Authority to create Duluth Cargo Connect. He supports warehousing and transportation services through the Port of Duluth.

Jonathan Lamb

President Lake Superior Warehousing
Duluth Cargo Connect

Jonathan Lamb is a transportation executive in the logistics and warehousing industry. He is a sales professional skilled in Operations Management, Supply Chain Optimization, Freight, Reverse Logistics, and Ocean Transportation.


Member: $125
Non-Member: $190
Student: $35


  1. Participants need to wear closed toed shoes and long sleeve clothing
  2. US Citizens will need their driver licenses and Dual/non US Citizens will need their passport

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