UP Expanding Chicago Intermodal Terminal

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Once fully operational, UP’s new grain transload facility, collocated at Global IV in Joliet, Ill., will have the capacity to process 50,000 containers per year.

Once fully operational, UP’s new grain transload facility, collocated at Global IV in Joliet, Ill., will have the capacity to process 50,000 containers per year.

Union Pacific (UP) began construction this month on a grain transload facility collocated at the Global IV terminal in Joliet, Ill., to increase ag shipper connections to empty containers and the railroad’s West Coast port terminal network.

The Transload is slated for completion by fourth-quarter 2021, and once fully operational, will have the capacity to process 50,000 containers per year, according to UP.

JCT—a 50/50 joint venture of Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. and Gavilon Grain, LLC—will be facility manager.

Midwest agricultural producers and processors will be able to truck their product to Global IV for transloading into intermodal containers, which will then move by rail to the ports and by ship to overseas markets.

“This facility will support the regional agriculture economy by providing reduced supply chain costs and efficient loading support for exporting grain products, whole grains and oilseeds,” said Kari Kirchhoefer, UP Vice President-Marketing and Sales, Premium.

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