LYONS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W)(NYSE:GWR) today announced that its subsidiary Georgia Central Railway, L.P., will serve a major new plastics distribution facility under construction on its line in Pooler, Ga.
Georgia Central will transport bulk plastic resin to the new Plastic Express multi-commodity transloading center, which broke ground in Pooler in June 2018. The resin and other bulk commodities will be repackaged and trucked to the nearby Port of Savannah for export to international markets. Carloads are expected to exceed 5,000 annually and to commence shipping in late 2019.
“The location near Savannah and access to two Class I railroads made Georgia Central an ideal choice to serve this new $172-million facility,” said Plastic Express President and CEO Ray Hufnagel. “We have worked with G&W at other terminal locations across the country, and the focus of G&W’s industrial development team and the railroad’s flexibility to meet our transportation needs makes them an easy choice to partner with on this project.”
The 197-acre Savannah Port Logistics Center site selected by Plastic Express is being developed by Capital Development Partners Inc. and will serve as a magnet for attracting additional development at or near the site, which is one of more than 500 potential industrial development sites located on G&W’s North American footprint of railroads.
“Attracting Plastic Express was a team effort; Capital Development Partners, the State of Georgia, Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Central Railway and G&W’s industrial development team worked collaboratively to create a solution that met the needs of Plastic Express and their customers,” said G&W President, North America, Michael Miller. “This win demonstrates how important it is to work together to attract new business and further strengthens our presence in Georgia. We look forward to providing the new facility with the customer-focused service that our short lines are known for and working to bring additional business to the site.”
One of 13 G&W railroads serving the state of Georgia, the Georgia Central Railway runs 211 miles from Macon to Savannah with connections to CSX and Norfolk Southern, as well as with G&W’s Heart of Georgia Railroad.
G&W owns or leases 120 freight railroads organized in eight locally managed operating regions with 8,000 employees serving 3,000 customers.
- G&W’s six North American regions serve 41 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces and include 114 short line and regional freight railroads with more than 13,000 track-miles.
- G&W’s Australia Region serves New South Wales, 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 UK/Europe Region includes the U.K.’s largest rail maritime intermodal operator and second-largest freight rail provider, as well as regional rail services in Continental Europe.
G&W subsidiaries and joint ventures also provide rail service at more than 40 major ports, rail-ferry service between the U.S. Southeast and Mexico, transload services, contract coal loading, and industrial railcar switching and repair.
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