BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – CSX announced Thursday that the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Rail Park in Brunswick County has been designated a CSX Select Site. Select Sites are locations for manufacturing projects along the CSX network.
CSX introduced the Select Site program in 2012 to better serve customers in their own backyards by adding rail transport access routes for some of the premier manufacturing properties in the eastern U.S.
CSX partnered with The Austin Company, a nationally recognized site selection firm, to screen candidate sites and assist communities with the application and certification process.
To receive CSX Select Site designation, the location must meet a rigorous list of criteria, including infrastructure and utility availability, environmental reviews, appropriate zoning and entitlement, air quality permitting, rail serviceability, proximity to highways or interstates, and other attributes. Once certified, the sites are featured on a new user-friendly web portal that includes press releases, promotional materials and direct marketing to site selection professionals.
The Mid-Atlantic Industrial Rail Park is a 1,100+ acre industrial development approximately 10 miles west of the Town of Leland in Brunswick County, NC.
The park is strategically located adjacent to both U.S. 74-76 and the CSX mainline.
Representing only a portion of the larger industrial development, this 416-acre CSX Select Site is one of the few large, rail-served industrial sites fully-served by utilities. In 2016, the opening of the next phase of Interstate 140 will provide this property a direct route to Interstate 40 and the Wilmington International Airport.
In addition to the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Rail Park, CSX has designated 11 other sites located across CSX's 23-state service territory.
We spoke to CSX Assistant Vice President, Clark Robertson, who says Brunswick County is the perfect place for job growth.
"North Carolina has a great record of great economic development successes and we think Brunswick County is certainly the same," said Robertson. "The access to the ports and the access to the freeways, the infrastructure that's here not only at the site but around the site makes it wonderfully competitive for new businesses."
Dozens of local economic development officials were on hand Thursday for the announcement. Northwest Councilman James McCoy says this could be a good way to replace jobs lost after DAK Americas closed earlier this year.
"We look forward to jobs coming to our area so those people can go back to work," said McCoy. "It's sad but it's just one of those things during the economic times that we have to sustain. But this opens up a new window of opportunity for people to look forward to."
Clark Robertson said 3 of the 12 select sites across the country are finalists for three viable projects right now. If that trend continues in Brunswick County, our area could see more jobs available sooner rather than later.
To learn more about CSX Select Sites online, visit http://www.csxselectsite.com.
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