As the Greer Inland Port continues to set new rail moves records each month a decision is being made where expansion should occur and when.
Rail volume at the port increased 18.6 percent during the first quarter, with 26,216 moves handled since July, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced today.
The South Carolina Port Authority (SCPA) announced plans to develop a second inland port in Dillon, to support growth of intermodal container volumes and expand access to markets in neighboring states and throughout the Northeast and Midwest.
Greer’s inland port provided instrumental for the second SCPA inland port with its success that celebrates its 3-year anniversary in October.
The Greer Inland Port handled 7,303 rail moves in July, reported the South Carolina Ports Authority. With 56,875 rail moves calendar year to date, the facility's volumes remain on track to reach 100,000 moves in 2016.
The SCPA has allocated $2.2 million to expand the Inland Port at Greer in fiscal year 2017 and 2018.
Greer will celebrate its railroad heritage and promote rail safety on Sept. 10 at City Park with the inaugural Railfest from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Free activities and entertainment are planned for all ages and guests will have an opportunity to win trips on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, N.C.
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) dedicates a portion of its revenues to partnership projects that support local communities in which the port operates.
Applications must demonstrate a clear fit within one of the following focus areas: maritime commerce, economic development, environmental awareness, and community outreach.
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) named Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority president and CEO, the first Person of the Year award recipient in the Coalition's 28-year history.
"Never has an individual so distinguished himself in a manner that will have such a positive impact on all participants in ocean shipping, shippers, carriers, ports and terminals," said Peter Friedmann, executive director, AgTC. "We applaud Jim Newsome for his pivotal, groundbreaking leadership to find a solution to the SOLAS container weight threat."
A 65-year-old man was hit and killed when struck by a passing train Thursday morning between East Poinsett Street and Trade Street, according to Greer Police reports.
David Allen Deane, known by the locals as "Elvis", was killed at 8:40 a.m. when a Norfolk Southern train collided with him. His body was found between the tracks behind the former freight Depot.
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) Board of Directors has allocated $1.6 million to expand the Inland Port at Greer in fiscal year 2017.
The expansion will extend the port’s operation west near Moore Avenue. An additional $600,000 has been allocated for FY 2018 to complete the expansion for a $2.2 million investment.
The largest spec warehouse built in Greer is completed and being leased.
Beacon Partners and Cullum Interests partnered on the 240,101-square-foot venture at 545 Brookshire Road in Velocity Park.
The Greer Inland Port handled 8,182 rail moves in April with a lot more on the horizon.
Michelin North America’s announced $300 million tire distribution plant creating 350 jobs was directly related to its accessibility to the Inland Port, according to David Britt of Spartanburg County Council.
The next Greer manufactured BMW milestone will be the four millionth produced.
The 3.5 millionth BMW made in Greer is a Mineral White Metallic BMW X4 xDrive20i and is powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine and equipped with Mocha Nevada Leather interior.
The boxcars have rolled back into downtown Greer.
The City of Greer’s commitment to enhance downtown Greer and build on its art culture is ongoing.
The bigger the Greer Inland Port grows the more names are needed for the extra cranes used to move containers.
Two more cranes names winners were recognized by South Carolina Port Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome Wednesday.
The South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to pursue a second inland port facility, driven by the success of Inland Port Greer and demand for enhanced efficiency of international container movements between the Port of Charleston and growing markets in South Carolina and North Carolina.
"While our discussions are preliminary, the success of Inland Port Greer demonstrates the market demand for additional intermodal hubs to support growing volumes of cargo moving to and from Charleston by rail," SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said. The announcement was made the inland port.
Watching a traditional Chinese groundbreaking ceremony for a major manufacturing auto parts supplier in Greer was unique.
The first China automobile parts plant is coming to Greer.
Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corp. will make its formal announcement at its Greer site at 1000 Robinson Road on Tuesday.
The Greer Inland Port handled more rail moves in February than any other month since it opened in October 2013.
The port handled 8,623 rail moves in February. Fiscal year-to-date rail moves have increased nearly 66 percent, with 58,211 moves since July.
The Greer Inland Port rail moves were down 4.4 percent in January, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.
The small decline on 7,457 rail moves could easily be contributed to the port closing in late January for 36 hours due to an ice storm that shut down BMW, its suppliers and other customers. There were 367 fewer rail mails in January 2015 compared to the same time this year.
BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today that the export value of its passenger vehicles through the Port of Charleston in 2015 totaled $9.8 billion, confirming the company’s South Carolina facility as the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.
Greer also hosts the largest facility in BMW’s global production network.
A pre-bid conference will be held February 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM, at the BMW Site Operations Center Parking Lot, located at 1400 Highway 101, Spartanburg County, SC.
There will be a public opening of bids received at the South Carolina Inland Port Terminal, 100 International Commerce Boulevard, Greer, South Carolina, at 11:00 a.m., on March 9, 2016. Instructions for submitting a Bid are included in the specifications.