Port Canaveral will become the first southeast location for Delaware-based AutoPort Inc. when it begins operations here in January 2016 to process and modify vehicles for U.S. based automotive manufacturers.
“We are excited to partner with AutoPort Inc. and provide our new auto terminal for such a forward-thinking, innovative company,” said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. “With nearby rail links to Norfolk Southern and CSX from our inland port region and Ro/Ro links to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama, and the Honduras, the future looks bright for AutoPort Inc., which will translate into new business opportunities and jobs for Central Florida.”
As part of the new partnership, AutoPort Inc. will lease 16 acres at Port Canaveral’s newly completed auto terminal with an option to expand as its operations grow.
“AutoPort Inc. has established an unsurpassed reputation for excellent customer service from port processing to extensive modifications and conversions,” said Port Canaveral Senior Director of Cargo Business Development Alberto Cabrera.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to work together with the Port Canaveral team to grow our business in the Southeast,” said AutoPort’s President and CEO Roy A. Kirchner. “It is our intention to bring our diversified business approach and strategy to Port Canaveral and focus on growth in all facets of automotive processing, modification and terminal handling.”
AutoPort Inc., a privately held vehicle processing and handling company established in 1981, is an ISO 9001 Certified Company headquartered at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware. In its 30-plus years of operation, AutoPort, Inc. has processed and modified more than 2 million vehicles destined to market for leading U.S.-based automotive manufacturers.