CSX has chosen the North Etowah Industrial Park in McMinn County, Tenn., as the first Select Site in the state.
CSX’s Select Site program reviews manufacturing and distribution development properties that are positioned to make rapid use of freight rail service. The designation confirms that standard land use issues have been addressed and that the site is ready for development.
“Through the Select Site program, we can increase speed to market and lower up-front development risk for companies seeking industrial property for manufacturing operations,” said Clark Robertson, assistant vice president, regional development, CSX. “This program helps communities identify and prepare sites that can compete for new investments and job creation.”
CSX introduced the program in 2012. It has partnered with The Austin Company to screen candidate sites and assist communities with the application and certification process.
“This 270-acre site offers a strategic location opportunity as it lies between the growing cities of Knoxville and Chattanooga,” said Jonathan Gemmen, senior location consultant, The Austin Company. “The site is clear, adjacent to the CSX mainline and has all the utilities on-site in ample capacity.”
CSX noted the efforts of the McMinn County Board of Commissioners, the City of Etowah and the McMinn County Economic Development Authority in achieving the certification.