By Melanie Ruberti firstname.lastname@example.org
May 8, 2014
The future of economic development and new jobs is looking much brighter in Troup County.
The CSX Corporation, in conjunction with the Development Authority of LaGrange, announced Thursday morning a portion of the Callaway South Industrial Park site, near Pegasus Parkway and Interstate 85, is now a CSX Select Site. According to the Development Authority of LaGrange, select sites are properties that have been identified as capable locations for future manufacturing facilities along the CSX rail lines. There are only two select sites in Georgia; one is in Richmond Hill, near the coast, and now, the site in LaGrange.
“This rail site is a very unique opportunity,” said Andy Camp, Senior Development Specialist with the Development Authority of LaGrange. ” We feel aligning our efforts with CSX will provide additional exposure for a high quality site.”
According to CSX, to receive the select site designation, the location must meet a rigorous list of criteria. This includes: infrastructure and utility availability, appropriate zoning permits, rail serviceability, proximity of highways or interstates, and pass environmental reviews.
The Callaway South Industrial Park is adjacent to the LaGrange-Callaway Airport, and has access to the rail lines, plus is close in proximity to Interstate 85 and the Pegasus Parkway. The site is also located just nine miles northeast of KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point.
According to CSX, the Callaway South Industrial Park site met all their qualifications and is primed for manufacturing companies to make their new home in LaGrange.
“The certification is unique,” said Aubrey Brown, Manger of Industrial Development with CSX. “It means the land is shovel ready. Companies can sign the contract and get moving.”
“We can significantly reduce the time it takes for companies to evaluate a competitive site, and ultimately construct their facility and bring products to market,” explained Clark Robertson, Assistant Vice President of Regional Development at CSX.
Once the property is certified, it’s featured on a new user-friendly portal on the CSX website. The site includes information about the land, what it offers, contact information, promotional materials, and more. It makes it easier for potential manufacturing clients to see the property and quickly decide if it’s for them. According to Brown, within a year, the Richmond Hill property had a prospect and was purchased by Caeserstone, an Israeli manufacturing company that produces high quality engineered quartz surfaces. According to the Georgia Governor’s office, the new facility will create 180 jobs in Bryan County and represents a $70-100 million dollar investment.
Both CSX and the Development Authority of LaGrange hope through the CSX Select Site, those same opportunities come to Troup County.
“Teaming with CSX….on this designation will open doors for significant job creation and investment in the future,” said Bobby Carmichael, Executive Director with the Development Authority of LaGrange.
To see the Callaway South Industrial Park site designation, visit www.csxselectsites.com.