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Need a Custom Steel Fabricator? Why Proximity to Ports Is Important - Dixie Southern


Need a Custom Steel Fabricator? Why Proximity to Ports Is Important

Nov 07, 2017

Having a custom steel fabricator that’s close to large ports allows you to more quickly and conveniently get the products you need for manufacturing. That’s especially true when you need large fabricated steel products such as towers, silos, oversized ductwork and tanks, and autoclaves.

Dixie Southern is strategically located only 20 miles from Port Manatee and uses the port often to ship oversized products to its customers. We are also close to Port Tampa Bay, previously called the Port of Tampa.

“Being close to the two ports gives us a big advantage as a custom steel fabricator because it allows us to ship very large, oversized products fabricated from steel and other metals to companies here in the U.S. and internationally that need fast turnarounds,” said President and CEO Stan Kinnett. “We’re also located close to two major highways, Interstates 75 and 4, which means we can get also ship quickly to  customers by road.”

About Port Manatee

Port Manatee, located on the Gulf of Mexico at the entrance to Tampa Bay, is only four minutes from both I-75 and I-4 via Highway 41. It is one of Florida’s largest deepwater ports, and is the closest to the Panama Canal. The port began operating in 1970 and is now one of the state’s fastest growing ports. It currently transports around 8 million tons of cargo each year.

The 1,100-acre port also has a short railway system that directly connects to the CSX Corp. mainline for customers who want to ship from the port to rail.

About Port Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay is the largest cargo tonnage seaport in Florida and one of the largest in the nation based on tonnage. It’s located near Tampa’s Channel District and has direct access to the Tampa Bay. It moves more than 37 million tons of cargo annually.

The 5,000-acre port is currently in the process of expanding its terminal facilities to handle more containerized and bulk goods and to offer more cargo services. The port is close to I-75 and I-4, as well as the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.

Dixie Southern Is Your Custom Steel Fabricator

At Dixie Southern, we take pride in manufacturing all of our products in America, with the ability to ship them quickly to our customers nearby and abroad. Our experts will help you with your custom steel fabrication needs every step of the way, and will also help you to work out the logistics of getting the products where you need them quickly. We are continually expanding our production capabilities and services to improve our customers’ experiences. If you need a custom steel fabricator, contact us today or request a quote now!


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