CSX to add transload traffic moving through South Carolina inland portWritten by Railway Age Staff
CSX is expected to benefit from the latest South Carolina transportation infrastructure project aimed at moving state agriculture products to inland destinations.
The South Carolina Ports Authority announced the opening of C&M Hog Farm’s transload facility, which handles soybeans and other local products bound for overseas markets via Inland Port Dillon.
“The expansion of C&M is exciting news that reflects the benefits of Inland Port Dillon for farming and agricultural business across the Carolinas,” said SCPA President and Chief Executive Jim Newsome. “We look forward to continuing to play a strong role in the addition of jobs and economic development activity in the region.”
The Authority opened the inland port, the state’s second, in April 2018, to handle growth of intermodal rail cargo volumes and deepen its reach into markets through the Carolinas to the Northeast and Midwest. It is served by CSX.
Demand for facilities to transload North and South Carolina agriculture products ranging from soybeans to grains, peanuts and animal feeds has increased significantly since the opening of Dillon. In addition to next-day rail service to and from SCPA’s marine terminals, Dillon provides local access to empty containers and the added cost benefit of a round-trip “pipeline” for loaded containers.
“Our family farm has been serving the local farming community for many years,” said Richard Myers, who co-operates C&M Hog Farm with Leslie Thompson. “We are proud to expand our business operations in order to provide farmers with a new, competitive access point to the global marketplace as well as bring new jobs to Dillon County.”
Established in 1987, C&M is an independent hog farm, local grain elevator and trucking company located in Latta, S.C.