Rukert Terminals chief is port leader of year

Maryland Watch

March 07, 1997

Norman G. Rukert Jr., president of Rukert Terminals Corp., was named port leader of the year yesterday by the Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce at its 27th annual luncheon honoring a maritime leader.

Rukert is the third-generation president of the family-owned warehouse and stevedoring business. The firm has become one of the largest private terminals in the country, handling bulk and break-bulk material such as salt, fertilizer and ore. In bad weather, hundreds of trucks a day move in and out of the company's 87-acre site on Clinton Street. The company motto, quips Rukert, is "Think snow, and ice is nice."

He received the award as the company founded by his grandfather, W. G. Norman "Cap" Rukert, celebrates its 75th year. Twenty years ago, Rukert's father, Norman Sr., won the same award. Recently, Norman Rukert Jr.'s son, Shaun, became the fourth generation of Rukerts to join the company.

Norman Rukert Jr., 55, joined the firm full-time in 1960. Since he became president in 1977, the annual tonnage handled by the company has more than doubled, to roughly 1.5 million tons.

Pub Date: 3/07/97

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