RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Atlantic and Western Railway (ATW), a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), today announced the opening of a Choice Terminal™ bulk transload facility in Sanford, N.C.
Choice Terminals are operated by G&W railroads and transfer bulk materials – such as flour, plastic pellets, propane, roofing granules and etc. – between railcars and trucks, providing customers that are not located directly on the railroad with the ability to reduce transportation costs by using rail. Customers can receive inbound, bulk raw materials via rail at the terminal, hold them on site, and receive them via truck on a just-in-time basis. Likewise, customers can ship outbound bulk products to the terminal via truck, for loading onto railcars to their final destinations.
“The Sanford terminal provides non-rail-served businesses in the Raleigh-Durham and surrounding areas with the ability to not only reduce transportation costs, but also manage their inventory, utilize just-in-time delivery and shrink their carbon footprint by eliminating the use of long-haul trucks,” ATW President Andy Chunko said.
Located on a six-acre site, ATW’s Choice Terminal in Sanford features a 20-car rail yard and truck-to-railcar transloading equipment, including a weighing scale. ATW interchanges with Class I railroads Norfolk Southern and CSX, providing customer access to the North American rail network.
“Using the ATW Choice Terminal will allow us to work with a supplier that is not currently rail-served as well as two Class I railroads to broaden our market,” David Uncapher, Owens Corning’s director of transportation sourcing for the Americas, said. “We’ll have an opportunity to tap into freight-rail economics by trucking raw materials to the terminal from various points and loading them to rail for a single delivery at our manufacturing sites hundreds of miles away.”
The terminal offers flexible hours and open-truck access, and the property has security, fencing, lighting, and a staffed office.
ATW runs 10 miles through central North Carolina. Traffic includes construction materials, feed ingredients, minerals, petroleum products, and steel and scrap.
Genesee & Wyoming owns or leases 122 freight railroads worldwide that are organized in 10 operating regions with approximately 8,000 employees and 3,000 customers.
- G&W’s eight North American regions serve 41 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces and include 115 short line and regional freight railroads with more than 13,000 track-miles.
- G&W’s Australia Region provides rail freight services in New South Wales, including in the Hunter Valley coal supply chain, the Northern Territory and South Australia, and operates the 1,400-mile Tarcoola-to-Darwin rail line. The Australia Region is 51.1% owned by G&W and 48.9% owned by a consortium of funds and clients managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.
- G&W’s U.K./Europe Region is led by Freightliner, the U.K.’s largest rail maritime intermodal operator and second-largest rail freight company. Operations also include heavy-haul in Poland and Germany, intermodal services connecting Northern European seaports with key industrial regions in Germany, and regional rail services in the Netherlands and Belgium.
G&W subsidiaries provide rail service at more than 40 major ports in North America, Australia and Europe and perform contract coal loading and railcar switching for industrial customers.
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