Industrial development briefs: NS, Watco

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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

The Middle Georgia megasite, adjacent to Georgia Highway 96 in Peach County, will be serviced by Norfolk Southern, which can access Port of Savannah and Port of Brunswick in less than five hours. (Map courtesy of Peach County, Ga. Development Authority)

The State of Georgia and the Development Authority of Peach County have purchased a 1,113 acre industrial development site which will be serviced by Norfolk Southern (NS). Additionally, Bartlett, a Savage company, has begun construction of its $375 million soybean grinding plant, served by Watco, in southeast Kansas.

The Central Georgia Megasite is adjacent to Georgia Highway 96 in Peach County near Fort Valley and includes four parcels of land. Rail service, provided by BORN.will allow access in less than five hours to the Savanna Harbor and Braunschweig Harbor, which are 171 and 188 miles to the east, respectively. By truck, the site is 90 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and 25 minutes from Middle Georgia Regional and Perry-Houston County airports. Cordele Intermodal Services, 46 miles south of the site along Interstate 75.

The Middle Georgia Megasite is one of three recently announced industrial development sites in the state. Hyundai Motor Group, based in Seoul, South Korea, announced last month that it would invest $5.54 billion to open its first all-electric vehicle (EV) and battery manufacturing plant in Bryan County. , Georgia. It will be served by the Georgia Central Railway of Genesee & Wyoming. . Additionally, Rivian in December 2021 selected the East Atlanta megasite to develop a $5 billion manufacturing complex. Located off the CSX Georgia Road mainline between Atlanta and Augusta, it will house Rivian’s second major assembly plant.

“It’s very encouraging to see a fully-prepared new megasite that will create more high-quality jobs for hard-working Georgians in rural parts of the state,” Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp said during of the June 16 announcement. “I am grateful to Peach County for partnering on this investment.”

A groundbreaking ceremony on June 17 for the Bartlett soybean milling facility was hosted by the Montgomery County Action Council in partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Rural Prosperity. Attendees included Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, Kansas State Rep. Jim Kelly, Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Rural Prosperity Director Trisha Purdon, county officials from Montgomery, representatives of US Senator Roger Marshall and US Congressman Jake LaTurner. , and members of Bartlett’s management team. (Photograph courtesy of Bartlett, a Savage Company)

Bartlett on June 17, held a groundbreaking ceremony for its soybean milling facility in Montgomery County, Kansas. Capable of processing approximately 45 million bushels of soybeans per year, the facility will supply soybean meal and refined soybean oil for the production of renewable fuels, food and animal feed. Last fall, Bartlett announced that the project had been approved to receive county-issued Industrial Revenue Bonds to support development.

Watco Southern Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad, The age of the railwayof the Regional Railway of the Year 2022, will provide rail service. The plant also offers access to highways 160, 166, 169 and 400.

Ground preparation work is currently underway by Crossland Construction Company for the processing plant, grain elevator and loop track system. Operation of the plant is expected to begin in early 2024. About fifty permanent jobs will be created.

“The facility will be an economic engine in southeast Kansas and expand markets for local soybean growers and agribusinesses,” Bartlett President Bob Knief said. “We appreciate the continued support of state, federal and local leaders, and look forward to playing a vital role for the food, feed and renewable fuels industries. We will support our nation’s transition to renewable fuels by purchasing up to 65 million gallons of renewable transportation fuel feedstock each year, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 400,000 tons per year. year.

Sara H. Byrd