Nearly 100 young people and parents got a glimpse of what a career in logistics could mean for them at a Youth Career Expo on April 30 at the Port of Tucson.
They toured by bus the inland port at 6964 E. Century Park Drive, just north of Interstate 10 and along the Union Pacific tracks that connect to the West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
They watched a cargo container brought to the port by truck get loaded onto a rail car for transport to California. They saw piles of hundreds of pipe segments brought to the port by train for transport by truck to Hermosillo, Mexico, for a Kinder Morgan pipeline. And they saw a warehouse that receives 10-12 boxcars of beer from Mexico per day for distribution across the United States.
“The international trade is going to be fantastic for Southern Arizona and northern Mexico,” Alan Levin, the port’s owner, said.
The young people also got to talk to and hear from representatives of logistics companies who had gathered earlier in the day in a warehouse at the port for IDEAS 2014, the port’s 2nd annual Intermodal Development Expo Arizona-Sonora.
Logistics is about managing the flow of materials, products and even people across town, across the state, across the country and around the world so offices and factories can produce, warehouses and stores are stocked, restaurants can cook, and the things we want to buy are on the shelves, racks and showroom floors when we want them.