DETROIT – The Chamber of Marine Commerce has launched a new video series featuring voices from the businesses and communities that depend on Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping for their success.

From steel plants and farmers to small towns and local businesses, Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping touches so many aspects of our society.  In this series of four short vignettes, interviewees share their stories on how marine shipping puts communities on the map.

Interviewees include representatives from:

  • Richardson International– Canada’s largest agribusiness that exports grain by ship on behalf of thousands of Prairie and Ontario farmers through port cities across the region.
  • ArcelorMittal— the world’s leading steel and mining company that relies on Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping to sustainably transport huge volumes of minerals from their Northern Quebec mines, as well as materials for their steel-making plants in Ontario and Quebec.
  • The Township of Edwardsburgh-Cardinal— an Eastern Ontario rural community whose economic fortunes have been transformed from owning the Port of Johnstown.
  • Heddle Shipyards, which has been reviving Ontario ship yards and bringing new skilled jobs and business to local supply chains in Thunder Bay, Port Weller and Hamilton.

In addition, the Chamber has created a series of four videos showing how the cargoes carried by Great Lakes-St. Lawrence ships impact our daily lives as Marine Shipping Keeps Our Economy Moving.

Bruce Burrows, President and CEO of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, says: “We know that Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping generates billions in dollars of economic activity and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in Canada and the United States. These videos delve behind the statistics to share the stories of the people, communities, and businesses whose livelihoods depend on marine shipping.”

Watch the videos and find out more.