Cenac Towing Acquires Main Iron Works and Christens the Jean Pierre Cenac

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The leader in marine transportation continues growth despite the oil & gas industry downturn through exceptional culture, leadership and service

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This experience coupled with quality service, industry expertise, innovation and professionalism by our entire team is what makes Cenac Towing an industry leader.

Cenac Towing Company (Cenac Towing), a third-generation owned global marine transportation company, announced continued growth today despite the oil and gas industry’s downturn. Recently, Cenac Towing acquired Main Iron Works, a leading tug construction company, and just this week, Cenac Towing will christen its brand new 2000 Hp Twin Screw Conventional Tug, The Jean Pierre Cenac. The innovative marine transportation company, run by industry veteran Arlen “Benny” Cenac, attributes the growth to continued innovation, quality service and the unique familial culture that is experienced not only by employees but also by customers and partners.

“The importance of hospitality in everyday life is too often overlooked. People, whether they are employees, customers or vendors are all searching for a consistent and pleasant experience,” said CEO Benny Cenac. “This experience coupled with quality service, industry expertise, innovation and professionalism by our entire team is what makes Cenac Towing an industry leader.”

The acquisition of Main Iron Works, which was finalized in July of 2015, will expand Cenac Towing’s position as a top innovative inland push boat and tank barge fleet operator. Main Iron Works, founded in 1947 by Horace “Jack” Guidry has become one of the leaders in tug construction today. Following the acquisition, Cenac Towing plans to continue to operate Main Iron Works as an independent entity under the Cenac Group umbrella, growing its’ construction of world-class, innovative tugboats and push boats to companies nationwide.

“We were very pleased with the news of an acquisition, as Benny Cenac is a well respected leader in the industry,” said Llyod Guidry, general manager of Main Iron Works . “We believe under Benny’s leadership, Main Iron Works will remain a leader in tug construction and be a perfect complement to Cenac Towing’s core mission.”

The 72’x30’, Tier 3 compliant innovative push boat, named after Benny’s great-great grandfather, will be christened by Benny’s parents, Arlen Sr. and Jackie Cenac, on December 9, further solidifying Cenac Towing’s continued success. The push boat will be used to transport two, 30,000-barrel (BBL) tank barges up and down United States waterways carrying liquid petroleum products.

Members of the media are invited to attend the camera-friendly boat christening at Cenac Towing headquarters, 742 Highway 182, Houma, LA, on December 9 at 3 p.m.

About Cenac Towing Company
Houma, Louisiana-based Cenac Towing Company has clients across the globe and maintains a focus on transporting liquid petroleum products. To date the company, founded in 1927, operates approximately 40 boats, 70 barges and has 400 employees. Cenac is guided by the values and principles established by Arlen “Benny” Cenac’s grandfather, Jock Cenac, over 88 years ago: a commitment to employee satisfaction and great company morale. Benny takes pride in continuing the legacy started by his grandfather that was continued by his father, Arlen Cenac Sr., until it was passed down to Benny in 1981. He is committed to ensuring that the company continues to always operate as a family, and everyone from the boat captains to the deckhands are treated as such. To learn more about Cenac Towing Company visit Cenac.com.

About Main Iron Works
Founded in 1947, Houma, Louisiana-based Main Iron Works has become one of the leaders in tug construction. The innovative shipbuilding company, acquired by the Cenac Group in 2015, constructs push boats and tugboats for marine transport companies nationwide. In addition, Main Iron Works offers machine shop and repair services as well as three floating dry docks. To learn more about the company and its shipbuilding history log, you can visit their website here.

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