Dole will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with the Port of Gulfport the first week of June.
The port is seeing major changes with Chiquita Banana’s departure for New Orleans, and McDermott coming in as a new tenant.
Dole’s lease will not expire until 2017, but there has already been discussion of Dole’s long-term investment in the Port of Gulfport.
As part of the port’s expansion plan, Dole will take over the West terminal upon its completion. The West terminal was designed in conjunction with Dole to cater to their specific products. Director for the Port of Gulfport, Jonathan Daniels, says, “This is a terminal that has been developed with only Dole in mind—from the size of the slot spaces for their containers, to the chiller facilities—and that chiller facility will be able to go into three different temperatures, with the three primary products that they have, the bananas, the pineapples, and the plantains. So this is a Dole specific terminal.”
Daniels says the celebration Thursday morning, June 5 will be an opportunity to celebrate Dole’s past 50 years at the Port of Gulfport and that they look forward to another 50 years.