UP-Served Savage Gulf Rail Facility Opens

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Dec. 8 for the Savage Gulf Rail Facility in San Patricio County, Tex. (Photograph Courtesy of Union Pacific)

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Dec. 8 for the Savage Gulf Rail Facility in San Patricio County, Tex. (Photograph Courtesy of Union Pacific)

A grand opening was held earlier this month for the Savage Gulf Rail Facility, which supports the plastics manufacturing joint venture of ExxonMobil and SABIC in San Patricio County, Tex.

The joint venture, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, in July 2019 selected Savage to design, build and operate the new rail facility adjacent to its multibillion-dollar plastics plant.

Utah-based Savage, a global infrastructure and supply chain services company, runs the site, which offers 36 miles of track as well as railcar washing and repair, a rail-serving yard and a rail Storage-In-Transit (SIT) yard.

Savage Gulf Rail Facility is served by Union Pacific (UP), which will handle an estimated 15,000 annual carloads of plastics materials, such as monoethylene glycol and polyethylene, for Gulf Coast Growth Ventures.

An aerial view of the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures facility in San Patricio County, Tex. (Image and Caption Courtesy of Union Pacific)

“Robin Ringwald, Manager-Industrial Development, Marketing and Sales, spearheaded the rail design process on behalf of Union Pacific to ensure the new site met our Engineering and Operating needs,” said Marty Russell, UP General Director-Sales, Marketing and Sales, and ExxonMobil Account Lead. “We collaborated closely with our key partners to ensure we had a superior marketing and operating plan in place to execute this new business.

“Superintendent-Train Operations Michael Everhart and Senior Manager-Train Operations Robert Vega worked closely with Savage’s rail team, advising them on the most efficient ways to drop, block and pull from the facility to support a seamless transportation plan.”

In related developments, Savage on Sept. 1 celebrated the grand opening of the Savage Railport-Southern Idaho terminal at UP’s rail yard in Pocatello.

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