QUINCY, Wash., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 26th, several key members of the Port of Seattle's Commission and Executive Team visited the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal (see photo and caption - https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/EIBz3y0vwb6oD7O-d6hl9Q?feat=directlink).
The purpose of the Port of Seattle's visit was to meet with the Port of Quincy Commissioners to learn more about the recent economic and transportation developments that have occurred at the Port of Quincy (http://www.portofquincy.org), including high-tech data center expansions by Microsoft and Yahoo and new major data center development projects by Dell and Sabey.
More importantly, the Port of Seattle officials were provided a tour of the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal (http://www.portofquincyintermodal.com) and of the Pacific Northwest-Chicagoland Express "Cold Train" Intermodal Service (http://www.rrlx.com/www.icoldtrain.com/iColdTrain/Home.html), which is celebrating a successful one-year anniversary. Since the "Cold Train" refrigerated intermodal container rail and distribution service (between Quincy, WA and Chicago, IL) started a little over a year ago, it has rapidly grown in popularity with produce shippers in the Pacific Northwest as well as shippers in the Midwest. Five days a week, the Cold Train service departs the Port of Quincy in central Washington loaded with fresh or frozen produce destined for the Midwest. The produce, grown and packed by local growers/packers in Washington State, is loaded into the Cold Train's modern, state-of-the-art 53-foot refrigerated containers and brought to the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal. At the Terminal, the containers are double-stacked onto an expedited nonstop train to Chicago.
On a related note, given the success of the Cold Train from Quincy to Chicago, the Port of Seattle was interested in how it could work with the Port of Quincy as an inland port to facilitate intermodal shipments by rail from central Washington to the Port of Seattle. Additionally, there was discussion about how the Cold Train's success of shipping both inbound and outbound cargo has effectively turned the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal into a key distribution hub for the central Washington area.
For more information about the Port of Seattle's recent visit to the Port of Quincy, please contact Pat Connelly at the Port of Quincy at [email protected] or 509-214-7696.
About Port of Quincy
Located in the center of Washington state, the Port of Quincy is an exceptional location for business and economic development with state-of-the- art industrial infrastructure including abundant low-cost hydropower electricity, high-capacity bandwidth dark fiber, a key cross-country rail mainline, a modern intermodal terminal, a major interstate freeway, relatively inexpensive industrial and commercial properties, a skilled workforce, and an all-around great location offering the best of rural lifestyles with easy access to urban amenities. The Port of Quincy has premier industrial sites for high-tech companies, data centers, food processors, manufacturers and is an ideal location for warehousing and distribution centers. At the Port of Quincy, major agriculture and food processing companies such as ConAgra Foods, National Frozen Foods, Norpac, Columbia Colstor, Oneonta, Stemilt, etc. find themselves next to technology giants like Yahoo!, Dell, Intuit and Microsoft.
SOURCE Port of Quincy