Austin Golding is the president of Golding Barge Line, Vicksburg, Miss. He is the third generation of his family to join the family business.
The business traces its roots back to his grandfather, Thomas Golding, who began his career in the marine transportation business when he partnered with the Brent Family from Greenville, Miss., to form the Guatemala-Memphis Line. The partners purchased a small ship and began operating it from Guatemala to Memphis, Tenn. In 1965 Thomas Golding started a shipyard and drydock facility in Vicksburg known as Big River Shipbuilding. From there, they diversified into the operation of boats and tank barges which formed Ole Man River Towing.
Austin’s father, Steve Golding, the CEO of GBL, joined the family business working on the drydock at Big River Shipbuilding and onboard boats at Ole Man River Towing until 1995 when he formed Golding Barge Line.
Austin joined the family business in 2009, working onboard Golding towboats after graduating from Mississippi State University. He had grown up in and around the barge industry, so this work came naturally to him. Austin has worked in every department within GBL and knows the industry very well. Golding Barge Lines is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment which matches its dedicated team of talented employees with years of experience in the tank barge industry.