LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville set an annual shipping record for 2015.

The company exceeded its 2014 volume by almost 16 percent. The port handled about 2.8 million tons of cargo last year.

Shipments of steel more than doubled the previous record set in 2014, helped in part by rising demand in the U.S. auto industry, which sold a record 17.5 million light trucks and cars in 2015, according to Autodata Corp. Grain volume was the second highest in port history, following only the record harvest year of 2014. 

The increase was driven by massive amounts of agriculture and steel products. Shipments of fertilizer, oils and minerals were also up.

The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville contributes over $1.5 billion in total economic activity per year to the regional economy and supports 11,200 total jobs. 

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