Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Union Pacific to serve new TX plastics packaging facility

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Union Pacific and Katoen Natie broke ground on a new state-of-the-art plastic packaging facility in Dallas.

Construction for the site is now underway at the Prime Pointe Industrial Park, a 3,000-acre industrial complex located in South Dallas County adjacent to Union Pacific's Dallas Intermodal Terminal (DIT).

Representatives of the petrochemical industry, along with local and city officials, were on hand for the ceremony. At start-up, the Katoen Natie facility will have at least 250,000 square feet of warehouse space that may expand to up to 2.5 million square feet, directly served by Union Pacific.

Katoen Natie is an Antwerp-based global logistics provider and port operator, with businesses ranging from petrochemicals and industrial chemicals to consumer goods.

The plastics facility is scheduled for completion in the third quarter 2018. As Katoen Natie's 20th NAFTA location, producers will ship railcars of plastic resin pellets to the warehouse where the pellets will be packaged and loaded into intermodal containers. After a short trip to the adjacent intermodal terminal, Union Pacific's Dallas to Dock service will transport the containers to ocean ports via premium intermodal service.

"We are committed to providing service solutions to the petrochemical industry," said Kenny Rocker, Union Pacific Vice President and General Manager - Industrial. "Katoen Natie‘s Dallas location aligns with container availability, a core need of our customer base. From Dallas, Union Pacific's premium intermodal services deliver to the West Coast where producers are able to export to global destinations".

"The Dallas facility will assist our customers in diversifying their export channels to global markets," said Frank Vingerhoets, President of Katoen Natie.





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