September 16, 2020
Source: RAM Communications
OmniTRAX Promoting Rail-Ready Sites Program with Nine Economic Development Groups in SW Georgia and NW Florida
Rail-served Georgia and Florida locations have direct access to Class 1 railroads, proximity to major markets, solid infrastructure and highly trained workers available
DENVER - OmniTRAX Inc., a comprehensive logistics solutions provider, and affiliate of The Broe Group, is launching its Rail-Ready Sites program along the 222 mile Georgia and Florida Railway (GFRR) in coordination with nine counties across south Georgia and north Florida. The Rail-Ready Sites program connects customers looking to maximize supply chain performance with rail-served properties.
OmniTRAX is jointly collaborating with economic development organizations in Dougherty, Mitchell, Thomas, Worth, Brooks, Cook and Colquitt counties in Georgia and also Madison and Taylor counties in Florida to market and develop eight initial sites along the GFRR, with parcels ranging from 36 to 458 acres. The GFRR, which has several interchanges with Class 1 railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern, currently works with companies in the agriculture, energy/ petroleum, manufacturing (paper products, beer, industrial equipment), construction aggregates, building products and scrap metal processing industries.
The area where the GFRR operates is known for its skilled workforce, low cost of living and great logistics infrastructure - with quick access to major markets and ports. We're working closely with our economic development partners to attract new companies to the region that can capitalize on the assets found here. We will continue those efforts by offering a wide variety of supporting logistics services to ensure the success of new and existing businesses, said Justin Strickland, Director, Economic Development at OmniTRAX.
Paige Gilchrist, Executive Director of the Mitchell County Development Authority, said,
The Georgia and Florida Railway is an important part of the transportation network in southwest Georgia and the Florida panhandle. We're proud to work with the OmniTRAX team to build the case for attracting companies that will benefit from being rail-served. This includes industries currently on the rail line, like agriculture and manufacturing, and also new prospects in the fertilizer and building products sectors. Once companies see how easy the process it is to set up a production facility here, and how welcoming communities are to new businesses, their site selection becomes an easy decision.
About OmniTRAX, Inc.
As one of North America's largest and fastest-growing private railroad and transportation management companies, OmniTRAX's core capabilities range from providing transportation and supply chain management services to railroad and port companies, to providing intermodal and industrial switching operations to railroads, ports and a diverse group of industrial companies. Through its affiliation with The Broe Group and its portfolio of managed companies, OmniTRAX also has the unique capability of offering specialized industrial development and real estate solutions, both on and off the rail network managed by OmniTRAX. More information is available on the OmniTRAX website. omnitrax.com.
About The Broe Group
Based in Denver, The Broe Group and its affiliates form a privately-owned, multi-billion-dollar real estate, transportation, energy and investment organization with assets owned and managed across North America. Together, Broe-managed companies employ more than 1,000 people and support employment of thousands of others through operations such as its Great Western Industrial Park in Northern Colorado. Its transportation affiliate, OmniTRAX, Inc., is one of North America's largest private railroad and transportation management companies specializing in management services, railroad and port services, intermodal solutions and industrial switching operations. Its energy affiliates include Great Western Petroleum LLC, the largest private operator in the third most prolific U.S. basin. Broe Real Estate Group acquires, develops and manages office and industrial properties, medical office buildings and multi-family communities across the country, including premier assets in many of the most desirable markets. The Broe Group also has multiple investment affiliates, including Three Leaf Ventures, which is focused on innovative healthcare technology start-ups. For more information, visit the Broe website.