LUDINGTON — The historic S.S. Badger automotive ferry that crosses Lake Michigan between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis. is underneath new possession.
On Wednesday, the Middleburg Heights, Ohio-based Interlake Holding Co. acquired the property of Ludington-based Lake Michigan Automotive Ferry Co., the proprietor and operator of the S.S. Badger, in line with an announcement. The deal additionally included the property of Ludington-based Pere Marquette Transport Co., which included the “workhorse” articulated tug-barge Undaunted-Pere Marquette 41.
The client additionally created Interlake Maritime Providers, a brand new entity that may handle the newly acquired companies together with The Interlake Steamship Firm, which operates a fleet of 9 freighters on the Nice Lakes.
Phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed.
“There are lots of synergies between our family-owned and operated firms and this deal was a superb match for all of us from the start,” Pere Marquette Transport and Lake Michigan Automotive Ferry President Robert Manglitz mentioned in an announcement. “It was crucial for us to seek out not solely a extremely dedicated and succesful vessel operator but in addition an organization that shared our tradition of placing its workers and clients first.”
Interlake Holding President Mark Barker mentioned the corporate is “absolutely dedicated” to persevering with the S.S. Badger’s cross-lake passenger, automotive and truck service. The vessel serves because the connection alongside the U.S. 10 freeway in Michigan and Wisconsin.
“As a maritime firm, we perceive how vital the Badger connection between Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis. is to these communities,” Barker mentioned in an announcement.
The S.S. Badger started serving as a passenger and automotive transporter in 1992, two years after its service as a practice automotive ferry ended. The coal-fired, 410-foot vessel was in-built 1952 and is a chosen Nationwide Historic Landmark. It has a capability of 600 individuals and 180 cars, in accordance the corporate’s web site.
Lake Michigan Automotive Ferry Vice President Don Clingan known as the sale as “one other milestone” within the ship’s historical past, describing Interlake Holdings as “a extremely certified new proprietor who will prolong the legacy of the Badger into the longer term for each port cities of Ludington and Manitowoc.”
Undaunted-Pere Marquette 41, which is predicated out of Ludington on Pere Marquette Lake, carries a variety of cargo reminiscent of giant stone for breakwalls, pig iron and scrap.
“We’re including capability and property in areas that our clients have recognized a necessity for,” Interlake’s Barker mentioned. “This can be a market now we have been for a while and this strategic acquisition will enable us to take part in it with a confirmed asset and a revered buyer base.”