Missouri River Towing (MRT) is a sister company to the historic Hermann Sand & Gravel. Hermann Sand sells sand and gravel products from two locations along the Missouri River. The firm also offers contract dredging, deck barge rental, barge loading and more. In 1978, the Engemann family purchased Hermann Sand and the company grew while providing the same quality service.
Missouri River Towing, with Steve Engemann as its President, was formed in recent years in response to growth in regional freight movements and the need for affordable and available transportation solutions. The Missouri River and the inland river system it connects to is a big part of that solution. MRT operates two linehaul towboats, one 2,400 hp. and the other 3,800 hp., that can handle six to nine barges at a time. In 2016, MRT set a milestone when it moved more than 480,000 tons of dry cargo! Fertilizer, grain, cement and asphalt are common cargos handled. In addition the company moves construction equipment to otherwise hard and expensive to reach job sites. MRT also moves oversized cargo.
Steve is President of Hermann Sand & Gravel, Inc. and Missouri River Towing LLC. Steve also is co-owner Mid MO Concrete. He is on his forth issue of his Captain’s license. Steve takes pride in operating small family businesses. These businesses continue to thrive because they are based on honest business practices and hard work. He is actively involved in continuing to work towards achieving reliable river transportation on the Missouri River by being a member of the Missouri River Dredgers Group, Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, MRAC, Coalition to Protect the MO River, and Missouri River Relief organizations.
Steve began working at Hermann Sand & Gravel Inc. full time in 1999 to achieve his goal of becoming a river boat pilot. Steve was able to obtain his captains license in 2003 and in 2004 he started managing operations at Hermann Sand & Gravel, Inc. Currently, Hermann Sand & Gravel Inc. has two locations Hermann and Jefferson City to sell sand and gravel products. MRT provides commercial barge transportation from Sioux City, IA to New Orleans, LA. We also operate on the Upper Miss. and Illinois Rivers with a focus on the MO River. Hermann Sand operates two fleet boats. Missouri River Towing has two line haul boats 2400 & 3800hp.
On a personal note, Steve is happily married to his wife Kate and has been blessed with two beautiful girls. While he is not managing the family business, he and his family spend time together enjoying water sports on the Missouri and Gasconade Rivers and horseback riding. Steve is a member of St. George Church, where he is on the Parish Council. Steve holds memberships with the Knights of Columbus, Gore Case Community Club, Big Spring Busy Beavers 4H and is a member of the Hermann Chamber of Commerce.