Ouachita Terminals was birthed in 1999 through the vision of Richard Richardson. It was his desire to create a public facility for the import and export of goods into and out of the Ouachita Region. Through the determined work of Richard, internal staff, and external partners, a strategic plan for a container-focused facility was created. In August of 2004, the first cargo moved across the rail ramp at the facility. From the meager beginnings of a 1,000-foot rail spur, Ouachita Terminals has become what it is today - a fully intermodal facility serving a region radiating beyond 100 miles in all directions.Financing and construction of a heavy-load river dock, a 275-ton Manitowoc crane, internal connector roads, substantial queuing areas, a box-car loading dock, and over 9,000 feet of high-strength rail has required many partners. Partners in the development of this first-class facility include the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, the Delta Regional Authority, the U.S Economic Development Authority, the State of Louisiana Office of Facilities Planning & Development, the Cities of Monroe and West Monroe, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.