OmniTRAX launching rail-ready sites program in Savannah area


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OmniTRAX is developing more than a dozen rail-served properties in Effingham County. (Courtesy of OmniTRAX)

Location features direct dual Class I rail connectivity, access to Georgia ports

Logistics solution provider OmniTRAX is launching its Rail-Ready Sites program at the Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub in coordination with the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA).

OmniTRAX, a member of the Broe Group, is working with the ECIDA and Colliers International to develop more than a dozen rail-served properties at the 2,700-acre industrial park within minutes of Garden City Terminal.

A&R Logistics is the park’s first tenant and is planning to open its 1 million square-foot facility by November 2020. A&R will offer a variety of packaging solutions and complete logistics services, including dual service rail, for customers shipping product out of the Port of Savannah.

OmniTRAX Chief Executive Officer Kevin Shuba said the company’s experience with rail-served industrial development combined with Georgia’s business-friendly attitude streamlines the site-selection process.

“As the coastal Georgia market continues to heat up, Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub is perfectly located to attract world-class companies in the manufacturing, processing and logistics sectors,” Shuba said. “We’re delighted to be working with the Georgia Ports team to bring jobs and economic growth to the region.” 

The park offers more than 2,000 acres of developable land situated between the CSX and Norfolk Southern main lines. OmniTRAX will construct more than seven miles of rail infrastructure. The property is located just off Ga. 21, seven miles from Interstate 95, 12 miles from Interstate 16 and less than 12 miles from Garden City Terminal.

This development extends Savannah’s reach into the Midwest and Gulf regions, serving shippers moving farm and forest products, resin and chemicals. Port customers will have the ability to ship bulk rail from the hinterlands for transload into ocean containers, greatly reducing domestic transportation costs.

“We’re excited to welcome private investment from companies like OmniTRAX, which is helping to fill the need for rail-served industrial space in the Savannah area,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “As one of the hottest logistics markets in the nation, there is significant demand for development of this kind.”