Ten Big Rail-Served Sites that Deserve a Second Look
The publicly owned Glendale Megasite is a CSX Certified Megasite consisting of 1,551 contiguous acres. The site is strategically located in central Kentucky, 47 miles south of Louisville along Interstate 65. The Louisville International Airport and UPS Worldport are 42 miles to the north. A CSX main rail line borders the western edge of the site. Location and transportation infrastructure make this site extremely attractive for major industry. Industrial-sized utilities including water, sewer, natural gas, electricity and telecommunication services are available at the site.
Wilson Industrial Park
Bardstown, Ky., located just minutes from Louisville and the UPS World Hub, is home to several industrial parks, including the Wilson Industrial Park, which is served by the R.J. Corman Railroad Company. This rail line is a 20-mile railroad that was purchased from CSX in 1987 and serves various industrial customers including American Fuji Seal, Barton 1972 Distillery, Polyair and the ORBIS Corporation. R.J. Corman Railroad Company offers extensive knowledge of the rail industry and provides customers full service in the planning and development of projects large or small. There are several available rail property sites in Bardstown and Nelson County, Ky., including a 15-acre-plus site in the Wilson Industrial Park.
White Hawk Commerce Park
Florence, South Carolina
Florence, S.C.'s 1,621-acre multimodal project consists of White Hawk Commerce Park (WHCP) -- a 1,175-acre dual-certified industrial park and megasite -- and an adjacent 446-acre site called White Hawk East. WHCP can accommodate both an industrial park prospect wanting a tract of approximately 100-500 acres as well as a large manufacturer requiring a megasite of 1,000 acres or more. All manufacturing-grade utilities are onsite. South Carolina, CSX (Select Site), and McCallum Sweeney certified WHCP as "shovel ready." WHCP has double stack railcar clearances with potential daily rail services to the Ports of Charleston (112 miles) and Savannah (165 miles).
Haywood County, Tennessee
The Memphis Regional Megasite (MRM) is a 3,840-acre site that sits a mere 45 minutes from the Memphis International Airport and FedEx world headquarters. The site features CSX Rail that connects the MRM to four Class I rail systems in the Memphis area. The MRM is certified by McCallum Sweeney Consulting through TVA's megasite certification program. The site recently received a boost when Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam included $25 million in this year's budget for further development of the Memphis Regional Megasite.
MidAmerica Industrial Park
Pryor Creek, Oklahoma
This site is actually a 9,000-acre development located about 38 miles east of Tulsa, Okla. This park is unique in that it is owned and operated by a public trust with the sole mission of increasing area employment. MidAmerica has the internal financial strength to build and finance virtually any size facility at the park for commercial or industrial use. There are no building inspection processes that must be approved prior to construction at MidAmerica. A company can literally be under construction in a matter of days. Due to the size of the park, MidAmerica can accommodate the requirements for just about any new plant site ranging from very small footprints to tracts that can exceed 1,000 acres.
Prairie Belt PowerSite
West Point, Mississippi
The Prairie Belt Powersite is a 1,106-acre, multimodal industrial site and is called a "Powersite" because 400 megawatts of power are available. All environmental, geotechnical and cultural resource studies have been performed on the site. Excellent multimodal transportation is available with four-lane highways serving the site, along with Kansas City Southern rail and access to five additional railroads.
Copeland Stone Site
Laurens County, South Carolina
The 710-acre Copeland Stone site is adjacent to US 76 near Clinton, S.C. The site is located 5 miles from I-26 and 10 miles I-385. It is approximately 170 miles from the Port of Charleston, 45 miles from Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, and has a CSX rail line that runs adjacent to the site. The site can meet extremely strong infrastructure requirements. A phase one environmental study, geotechnical report, Cultural Resource Identification Study, wetland delineation, Threatened and Endangered Species Determination and boundary survey have been completed on the property with no findings.
Crawford Diamond Site
Dual Class I rail service via CSX and Norfolk Southern makes the 1,800-acre Crawford Diamond Industrial Park compelling for large scale manufacturers, heavy industrial and other users. In addition, it is located within 20 miles of two deep-water ports, four marine terminals, two interstates (I-95, I-10) and is about 10 miles from the Jacksonville International Airport, making it a prime site for an intermodal port or logistics center. With site certification nearing completion, Crawford Diamond Industrial Park is on its way to being Nassau County, Fla.'s first certified industrial park. The park has Industrial Park zoning, a 30-day permit process with no concurrency enabling companies to implement their plans as quickly as possible.
Tri-State Commerce Park & Yellow Creek Port
Tishomingo County, Mississippi
The Tri-State Commerce Park is the former 3,500-acre TVA nuclear power and NASA rocket facility located in northeast Mississippi. The site features dual electric service, available buildings, rail, rail yard and barge dock, and it is located on a peninsula at the juncture of the Tennessee River and the Tenn-Tom Waterway. The site is located in a Federal Hubzone.
Sage Mill Industrial Park
Aiken, South Carolina
This 1,730-acre site is directly on Interstate 20 near the South Carolina-Georgia border and features two power providers, Aiken Electric Cooperative and SCANA. A Norfolk Southern rail line and spur traverse the park offering "no traffic light" access to the Port of Charleston 140 miles away.