CSX Corp., one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, has certified the Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green as a CSX Select Site, ranking it as one of only five sites in the nation to be considered the best manufacturing properties on CSX’s rail network spanning 23 states.
The Transpark’s Lot 6 is the only site in Kentucky – and one of only two sites in the southeastern United States – to receive the certification.
CSX introduced CSX Select Sites as a new program to provide customers a simple way to access certified, rail-ready properties for a variety of industrial uses.
The Kentucky Transpark is a business and industrial park located on 900 acres next to U.S. 31-W and Highway 68/80. The park is within one mile of Interstate 65 with a planned connector road to bring immediate access to the interstate. The Transpark can accommodate heavy and light industrial manufacturing operations, and is currently home to several automotive companies, including American Howa International, Bowling Green Metalforming and Cannon Automotive Solutions.
The CSX Rail Spur, completed in spring 2010, extends from the CSX main line, beginning at the Highway 68/80 railroad overpass and running parallel to Highway 68/80 past Mizpah Road to Lot 6 at Commonwealth Boulevard. A grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky funded the $4.1 million rail spur development project, building 7,100 feet of rail.
“Ultimately, these sites will represent many of the best manufacturing properties along CSX’s rail network in the eastern U.S.,” said Clark Robertson, CSX assistant vice president-regional development.
“The Select Site designation promotes shorter decision timelines, increased speed to market and lower up-front development risk for companies seeking industrial property to place their manufacturing operations.”
Select Sites are marketed on the CSX website, further increasing marketability.
“This certification gives us a competitive advantage at the Transpark and in south-central Kentucky because of the stringent criteria identified by CSX and Austin Consulting,” Warren County Judge-Executive Michael Buchanon said. “We are gaining yet another opportunity here to point to reasons that make the Transpark an ideal location for business – in fact, one of the best in the nation.”