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GT USA Wilmington partners with local school and community center to celebrate Thanksgiving

November 24, 2021

Wilmington, DE. – GT USA Wilmington celebrated its fourth Thanksgiving holiday since taking over operations at the Port of Wilmington with another turkey giveaway in the community.  

CEO of GT USA Wilmington, Joe Cruise, accompanied by GT USA employees, entered into the holiday spirit to help deliver and distribute turkeys to the children, families and staff of Bancroft Elementary School in South Wilmington and to Neighborhood House, a multi-purpose non-profit community center, that assists families in the Southbridge area of South Wilmington.

GT USA staff delivered 300 turkeys to Bancroft Elementary Community Schools Site Coordinator, Angela Ringgold and an additional 100 to families through Kelly Lacy at the Neighborhood House.  This initiative was supported by Port of Wilmington partners Ecolab and the Diamond State Port Corporation.

Corporate Social Responsibility forms a key foundation of how GT USA operates its businesses.  Through the four pillars of the company’s CSR policy the company actively encourages its employees to participate in any way they can with local groups in the areas surrounding the port facility.

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“We firmly believe that giving back to our close neighbors helps to bring a company together and cement our partnerships with the local community,” said Joe Cruise, Chief Executive Officer at GT USA Wilmington.  

“These are still very trying times for everyone, and we wanted to be able to continue to show our commitment to the Wilmington community,” Joe continued.  “I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who pulled together as one team to make this event possible, all the GT USA staff, along with John Achzet and his staff from Ecolab and Gene Bailey from the Diamond State Port Corporation.”  

GT USA has made a long-term commitment to the State of Delaware to deliver operational excellence and dependability from the Port of Wilmington. The planned new dedicated container terminal at Edgemoor is expected to increase business prospects, which in turn will grow the economy and continue to expand job opportunities.

GT USA Wilmington will continue its partnership with the Bancroft Elementary School throughout the coming year and has pledged to work with the school faculty to identify where it can offer practical assistance through its mentorship and reading assistance programs.  

About GT USA Wilmington

GT USA Wilmington is a U.S. division of Gulftainer, a privately owned, independent terminal operator and logistics company with operations and business interests in the Middle East and the United States. The company signed a 50-year agreement to manage operations at the Port of Wilmington.  This agreement marks Gulftainer’s second venture in the United States and follows the signing of a 35-year agreement with the Canaveral Port Authority in Florida. For more information, go to

About the Port of Wilmington, Delaware    

Founded in 1923, the Port of Wilmington is a full service Mid-Atlantic seaport on the Delaware River strategically located to provide overnight access to 200 million North American consumers. Wilmington ranks as North America’s top banana port and the nation’s leading gateway for imports of fresh fruit and juice concentrates. The Port was one of the original certified ‘360 Quality’ marine terminals in the United States and is now Safe Quality Food (SQF) certified, underscoring its high-quality handling standards for perishable cargo. An economic engine for the State of Delaware and the region, business activity at the Port creates over 5,900 family sustaining jobs and annually generates $436 million in business revenue, $409 million in personal income and $41 million in local taxes. The Port is operated by GT USA Wilmington, LLC. For further information, visit or