Lancaster & Chester Railroad (L&C) will serve E. & J. Gallo Winery’s first East Coast production and distribution facility, which will be built in Chester County, S.C.
Through L&C, the California-based winemaker will have access to both CSX and Norfolk Southern—a site-selection requirement, according to the 62-mile short line subsidiary of Gulf & Ohio Railways. Gallo will also be served by the Port of Charleston.
The $423 million Gallo complex, to be located on a 650-acre industrial site, will include production, bottling, canning and distribution for both domestic and international products. It is slated to create 496 new jobs over the next eight years. Construction is due to start soon, with a Phase I opening projected for October 2022.
“We could not be more appreciative of the collaboration and support shown by the state of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and those in Chester County, along with all of the public and private entities who have embraced this project throughout the planning process and have welcomed us to the community,” Gallo CEO Ernest J. Gallo said.
“We are delighted to have such a high-quality new customer, and we look forward to providing them with superior service,” said Pete Claussen, Chairman of Gulf & Ohio Railways and Knoxville Locomotive Works, who recently received an honorable mention in the second-annual Railway Age Readers’ Influential Leaders poll. “It’s a wonderful gift for us since the 125th anniversary of this railroad [L&C] is this week.”
Added South Carolina Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome: “Gallo’s $423 million investment to open a wine bottling and distribution plant in Chester County relies on the ability to import through the Port of Charleston. SC Ports’ efficient operations and reliable service meet the needs of this global wine industry leader.”