JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov., 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CSX announced today that the Wasden Road/I-65 Industrial Site in Montgomery, Alabama, has been designated a CSX Select Site.
"We are excited to add this 415-acre, manufacturing-zoned property to our Select Site program," said Clark Robertson, assistant vice president, regional development, CSX. "Its strategic location near I-65 in an area of strong industrial demand, along with superior infrastructure, make this a compelling option for manufacturing firms looking to locate a facility in Alabama, and more specifically in the Montgomery area."
Select Sites are locations for manufacturing facilities along the CSX network that can be developed quickly since standard land use issues and comprehensive due diligence items have been previously addressed. "Through the Select Site program, 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," said Robertson.
CSX introduced the Select Site program in 2012 to better serve customers by creating a certification program for premier, rail-served properties located on the CSX network. 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.
"Few properties offer the combination of proximity to an interstate, over a mile of mainline frontage, and the necessary utility infrastructure already installed to the site," said Jonathan Gemmen, senior location consultant, The Austin Company.
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.
Since inception in 2011, 13 locations across the 23-state CSX network have received a Select Site designation. Two companies have announced intentions to place new facilities at separate Select Sites with several more in the final stages.
To learn more about CSX Select Sites online, visit http://www.csxselectsite.com.
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).
About the Wasden Road/I-65 Industrial Site
The Wasden Road/I-65 Industrial Site is located approximately seven miles south of downtown Montgomery, less than one mile off of Interstate 65 (at exit 164). Zoned for manufacturing, this 415-acre CSX Select Site is one of a few large, rail-served industrial sites fully-served by utilities. This gently rolling, greenfield site is adjacent to the established Interstate Industrial Park and less than two miles from Hyundai's assembly facility. The site shares its western boundary with more than 6,600 feet of rail frontage on the CSX mainline.