Mission Statement
The Hunter Family of Companies include a professional marine transportation company, an inland river barge terminal, and river dredging operation - each division fully dedicated to professionalism and total customer satisfaction.
Our role is to provide quality transportation for all company-owned and contracted marine equipment and to provide superior barge loading and unloading services, professional warehousing, and reliable dredging operations while maintaining a safe, responsible and environmentally correct workplace for all employees.
Our accomplishments are fostered through teamwork, quality management and an overall commitment to excellence.
Company History
Ron Hunter founded Hunter Marine Transport, Inc. on the west end of Nashville, TN. He began the company with one boat, the M/V Sarah G. Hunter. This boat was named in honor of Ron's mother.
The M/V L.R. Chapman was the second boat added to the fleet.
A single screw towboat called Louise was purchased and renamed M/V J.W. Hunter in honor of Ron's father.
Hunter purchased farmland at mile marker 175 on the Cumberland River. This is the location of the Company's present-day Corporate Headquarters and the Nashville River Terminal.
A harbor boat called the Blake Robertson was bought and renamed to M/V Glenn A in honor of the company's Chief Operating Officer, Glenn Hendon.
A line haul boat called Harry F. White was bought and renamed the M/V Cumberland Hunter.
A towboat named Mary H. Morrison was purchased and renamed M/V Sarah Hunter in honor of Ron's Mother.
A towboat named Afton was bought and renamed the M/V Tennessee Hunter.
Hunter Marine diversified into three separate companies under a common ownership and management. The companies are Hunter Marine Administrative Services, LLC., Hunter Marine Transport, Inc., Hunter Marine Terminal, LLC.
Hunter Marine completed construction of its first-ever new vessel, the M/V James H. Hunter, which was named in honor of Ron's Son.
Hunter Marine relocated its vessel operations from Nashville, TN to a new facility in Paducah, KY.
Hunter Marine completed construction of its second new vessel, the M/V Danny L Whitford. This boat was named after the company's Vice President of Vessel Operations.
Hunter Marine acquired IMI-Delta, its primary sand and gravel supplier. This acquisition led to the creation of the Hunter Sand & Gravel division.
Today, Hunter Marine continues its long-term commitment to serve its customers. Over the last 30 years Hunter Marine has expanded its fleet and diversified its operations. The company now specializes in dry cargo transportation on the inland waterways, sand dredging, and terminalling bulk commodities.
President Ron Hunter
Ron Hunter
In 1976, former drag racer and business man Ron Hunter, founded Hunter Marine Transport, Inc. with one boat and a few barges. For over 30 years, Hunter expanded by upgrading and replacing used equipment. In the fall of 2008, Hunter christened their first brand new towboat, the M/V James H. Hunter followed by the opening of their Paducah Operations Center. Their second new vessel, M/V Danny L.Whitford was christened in 2009. Ron and his dedicated staff continue to build their fleet serving as a mainstay of the Ohio, Upper Mississippi, Cumberland, and Tennessee Rivers.
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