Settoon family business celebrates 50th anniversary

Darian Graivshark
John Barton, III, Tana Indovina, April Granger, Russ Settoon stand next to their golf flag.

The average lifespan of a family-owned business is typically 24 years. This year, Settoon Towing is celebrating their 50th year as a family-owned business.

Russ A. Settoon is the youngest son of Fred and Shirley Settoon. His father, Fred, created his own marine company in 1968. In 1994, Russ created his own marine company called Settoon Towing. Two years after Russ began that company, he purchased his father's company, Settoon Marine, and merged the two together in 1996.

"Russ was always a business man, so he was always sure the company would be successful," Kellie Burnett, Executive Assistant of Settoon Towing, said.

A businessman indeed since Russ was only 23 when he set out on this venture.

Today, Settoon Towing is one of the largest privately owned tank barge businesses in the country. With the celebration of their 50th year, it really shows the commitment that Russ has for a relationship business.

On October 5, they had their 50th anniversary party at Atchafalaya Golf Course in Patterson, Louisiana. During this, Russ received a crystal plaque that recognized him as a visionary leader for the success of his business.

The company specializes in liquid cargo transportation for oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, as well as offering an array of other marine services and logistics nationwide.

"A typical work day consists of the fleets pushing products through the waterways of the United States. The workers live on the boats, so they will cook, eat, and sleep on them," Burnett said.

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