CSX said last week that the company’s I-26 Mega Site in South Carolina's Newberry County has been designated a CSX Select Site.
The Select Site designation means that the property has been researched and identified as a location where future manufacturing facilities can be added in the CSX network. Select Sites do not take as long to develop because many of the required steps to prepare for construction, such as land-use restrictions, already have been addressed.
“We are thrilled to add the Newberry site to CSX’s Select Site program,” Clark Robertson, assistant vice president of regional development at CSX, said. “The combination of site readiness and South Carolina’s overall economic competitiveness is key to attracting new jobs and investment to the area. Its location between Columbia and Greenville-Spartanburg allows new industry to attract its work force from both local and regional population centers.”
The Select Sites program began at CSX in 2012 as a method of better serving new or existing customers on its line. CSX contracts with the Austin Company, a leading site-selection consulting firm that screens potential sites and assists chosen sites' communities with the application and certification process.
The I-26 Mega Site is the second property in South Carolina to receive the coveted Select Site title. The site is an industrial park totaling over 2,000 acres, located next to the CSX main rail line and Interstate 26. Newberry County invested over two years on economic and development research to get the designation.
“The unified support for seeing this site readied for development is unprecedented,” Jonathan Gemmen, senior location consultant with the Austin Company, said. “State and regional economic development officials, along with each utility provider, came to the table to make this designation possible.”
"We are very excited to offer the I-26 Mega Site with all the infrastructure and attributes that make it a prime location for a major industry,” Les Hipp, a Newberry County councilman and the county Economic Development Committee chairman, said. “This site provides an opportunity to attract a major industry that will benefit Newberry County, the region and the entire state of South Carolina."