Leading supplier of steel plates for shipbuilding

ArcelorMittal USA plate powers Jeffboat


On the banks of the Ohio River, in Jeffersonville, Indiana, ArcelorMittal steel is transformed into immense nautical vessels by the master shipbuilders of Jeffboat, the nation’s largest and longest continually operated inland shipyard.

Jeffboat shipbuilding specialists take ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor plate, from which they design and fabricate inland barges, towboats, hoppers and ocean-going vessels, as well as a wide range of dry dock, repair and machining services.

Double Skin 505 bargeThe ocean-capable Double Skin 505 barge, owned by Vane Line Bunkering, Inc., was built in 2015 by Jeffboat.

The Jeffboat shipyard spans 70-plus acres on a one-mile stretch of the Ohio River shore. It is the second-largest builder of barges and notable for building the General Jackson Showboat (Nashville, Tennessee), the Mississippi steamboat and the Casino Aztar Riverboat Casino (Evansville, Indiana). As many as 25 vessels can be constructed at the site simultaneously on five production lines. 

Jeffboat purchases ABS grade plate and A36 grade plate from Burns Harbor. Rose Davis, account manager, ArcelorMittal USA plate, says the relationship with Jeffboat has been a good one.

American Power towboatThe American Power towboat, made with ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor plate by Jeffboat, was delivered to American Commercial Barge Line in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in October 2016.

“It started off a little rocky but has developed into one of mutual trust and a genuine desire to do business with each other,” she says. In recent years, however, Davis says ArcelorMittal USA plate has become one of Jeffboat’s top suppliers. 

“Jeffboat expects a true partnership – a supplier who understands its business and who wants to grow with the company,” notes Davis. “Jeffboat expects ArcelorMittal to supply material that is price-competitive and with good quality. These attributes are critical in order to keep Jeffboat competitive in its own market segment.”

ArcelorMittal USA is a leading supplier of steel plates for the shipbuilding industry and is focused on remaining a strong supplier to this market well into the future.

“Jeffboat is a valuable customer to ArcelorMittal USA because they are a major producer within the barge market,” notes Davis. “The company finds value in the relationship with ArcelorMittal USA plate.”

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