Access to rail infrastructure is a tremendous selling point for industrial projects in the U.S. The lion’s share of true manufacturing projects requires rail infrastructure for both inbound and outbound delivery.
A perfect, and local, example of this is GRI Renewable Industries. In 2015, the Amarillo EDC secured investment from Spanish-born GRI to manufacture steel wind towers for the US market.
The project’s construction is nearing completion and at full-capacity, the more than 250,000-square foot facility will produce hundreds of towers per year. GRI elected to construct two industry rail feeds to service its need for inbound plate steel delivery. Although construction of the facility is not yet complete, GRI has begun preliminary offloading of plate steel in its storage yard at CenterPort.