Audia International, a Pennsylvania-based plastics manufacturer that serves the automotive, appliance, construction and packaging markets, decided to expand its existing business to the South and allocated $50 million for investment in a new manufacturing plant. After solidifying a relationship with Genesee & Wyoming’s Pittsburgh& Ohio Central Railroad years before and recognizing its stellar customer service, Audia wanted another Genesee & Wyoming railroad to service the new plant.
With the help of Walker County, the State of Georgia, and Genesee & Wyoming’s Chattooga & Chickamauga Railway (CCKY), Audia chose to be the first customer in the Walker County Industrial Park, located in LaFayette, Georgia.
- CCKY built two storage tracks and offered Audia a reduced switching contract. The railroad will store plastic pellets that are brought into the plant and altered per customer specifications.
- Walker County cleared 500,000 cubic yards of dirt and built the roads for the industrial park.
- The State of Georgia built the lead into the industrial park and committed to adding a siding for CCKY in the near future.
Site selection commenced in 2014, construction began in March 2015 and the first car moved in January 2016. The anticipated traffic represents a 50% increase in CCKY’s total volumes. Early direct benefits from this project include:
- Twenty-eight secured acres in the 460-acre Walker County Industrial Park
- Local job creation
The project is the result of effective collaboration between CCKY, Walker County, the State of Georgia and Audia. As a result, Walker County Industrial Park is now a player in commercial development for Walker County and Georgia as a whole.