Capital Development Partners has started construction on another 1.2 million square feet and 235 rail car spots near Plastic Express.
Plastic Express, A&R growing export capacity
Two current construction projects in the Savannah area totaling 2 million square feet are being built to accommodate plastic resin exports.
In neighboring Effingham County, the Broe Real Estate Group is developing a 1 million square-foot facility with 7 miles of new rail track and more than 200 rail car storage spots. A&R Logistics has thus far leased 610,000 square feet and plans to begin shifting its Savannah operations to the new facility by October.
The A&R project is part of a broader development by rail terminal operator OmniTrax, located 12 miles from the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal. Accompanying the move, A&R Logistics plans a significant increase in export resin volumes via the Port of Savannah.
In the second project, Capital Development Partners is building another 1 million-plus square feet alongside a previous development of similar size in Pooler, Ga., 10 miles from the Port of Savannah. Plastic Express has occupied the previous building, moving plastic resins and bulk forest products through that facility.
The new structure is expected to be complete in March 2021.
“We have had great success thus far with Building 1 and are moving forward with the second phase of our expansion in Savannah by having recently started construction on Building 2,” said Plastic Express CEO Ray Hufnagel.
“Building 2 will more than double our footprint in Savannah by adding an additional 1.2 million square feet of floor space, additional packaging lines, outdoor space for steel and lumber products, and increase our railcar capacity by another 235 railcars, giving us a total of just over 500 railcar spots between both buildings.”
Hufnagel said both of the buildings are designed to take advantage of direct rail access and the Port of Savannah’s broad global shipping network.
“The Savannah industrial market has the potential to expand,” said Stacy Watson, GPA Director, Economic & Industrial Development. “We look forward to accommodating these future investments in Georgia.”