Georgia Central Railway’s (GC) route and Class I interchanges made the railroad an ideal fit to serve a major new Plastic Express distribution center in Pooler, Georgia.
In 2017, G&W’s industrial development team met with Capital Development Partners about developing industrial land around GC. The two teams approached Plastic Express in 2018 about locating its new, state-of-the-art facility on the 197-acre Savannah Port Logistics Center served by GC. The railroad, which runs 211 miles from Macon to Savannah and connects with CSX and Norfolk Southern, provides a link between customers that utilize the bustling Port of Savannah and the new plastic-distribution facility.
“The location near Savannah and access to two Class I railroads made GC 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 made them an easy choice to partner with on this project.”
After several meetings that included participation from state and local economic development corporations, G&W’s industrial development group provided complimentary track-design concepts to demonstrate how GC could serve the Plastic Express site. Ground was broken June 2018, and GC is expected to begin hauling bulk plastic resin to the Pooler transloading centerin late 2019. The resin and other bulk commodities will be repackaged and trucked to the nearby Port of Savannah for export to international markets.
“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 of 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.”
Carloads are expected to exceed 5,000 annually.