An integral part of the Finch Companies, Peoria Barge Terminal has been in business along the Illinois River since 1957, when Nyle and Lyle Finch purchased the property just under the Interstate 74 bridge. In 1968, the brothers moved the company to its present docks located at Mile 160.4 along the Illinois River.
The terminal property covers approximately 100 acres of land and is zoned heavy industrial. Storage capacities currently include 40 acres of outside storage and about 200,000 square feet of inside storage. Warehousing is within a fenced area, and security guards patrol the entire facility during non-working hours. We also have several tanks on the terminal property for bulk liquid storage.
As our customers’ needs require we also provide additional services that range from repacking, sorting and weighing of materials to functions such as bill of lading preparation and automated inventory programs.
Over the years Peoria Barge Terminal customers have benefited from our affiliation with N.E. Finch Co. and their experience in all phases of the trucking business (including just-in-time delivery) since the 1940s. With a fleet of trailers that include dumps, flatbeds, vans, and lowboys, NEFCO trucks are readily accessible to accommodate our customers’ trucking needs.
Peoria Barge Terminal is fortunate that our location is also one of our most important assets. We are on an area of the river that rarely freezes, and that gives us the ability to load and unload barges year-round. In terms of trucking, our facilities are just off of US Route 24 with easy and nearby access to I-74 as well as I-55. On-site rail service is available by Union Pacific, TPW, and P&PU. Whatever mode of transportation – or combinations of modes – our customers require, Peoria Barge Terminal is situated to handle their needs.