Savage Acquires CWC’s Transloading Business

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
(Savage Photograph)

(Savage Photograph)

Utah-based Savage is expanding its transload network into the Pacific Northwest, with the purchase of Cascade Warehouse Company (CWC), which handles more than 3,000 railcars per year and operates transload and warehousing centers in Salem and Junction City, Ore., and Chehalis, Wash.

CWC, founded in 1958, offers multi-commodity transloading; lumber cutting and packaging; and storage solutions for building and industrial products, consumer goods, and packaging materials. Its Salem facility offers two warehouses with 100,000 square feet of storage and two transload yards with 10 acres of staging/unloading space; can handle 15 centerbeams and nine boxcars daily; provides access to BNSF and Union Pacific (UP); and includes on-site tanker/hopper storage. The Junction City facility offers 5,000 square feet of short-term warehousing/staging space on-site and a transload yard with 15 acres of staging/loading space; can handle 12 centerbeams daily; provides access to BNSF and UP; includes on-site tanker/hopper storage; and offers logistics management and local/national trucking services. The Chehalis facility offers on-site warehousing and short-term staging space and a transload yard with dual boxcar/centerbeam capabilities; can handle 15 railcars daily; provides access to BNSF and UP; can handle additional products upon prior consultation; and offers logistics management, drayage, and local/national trucking services.

Savage, which provides transportation, logistics, materials handling, and other industrial services, is said to move more than 22.8 million tons of products and to load more than 525,000 truckloads annually at the 50-plus transload terminals it operates across North America.

“We’re excited to integrate Cascade Warehouse Company’s operations into our Savage Transload Network,” said Jason Ray, President of Savage’s Infrastructure Sector. “We’re also pleased to welcome 24 new team members in Oregon and Washington, and we look forward to working together to provide customers with increased interconnectivity for shipping commodities to and from the Pacific Northwest.”

According to the company, the CWC acquisition will also provide “opportunities to connect origin forest-product shippers with destinations across North America where Savage operates.”

In related news, Savage in February reported growing its intermodal rail terminal operations in Pocatello, Idaho, with the acquisition of the nearby Idaho Rail Shop business and property. Additionally, the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis has released a Final Environmental Assessment for Savage Tooele Railroad Company’s proposal to construct and operate an 11-mile rail line in Tooele County, Utah. The STB will use the assessment to help determine whether to approve the project.

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