per year. Murray County is a Tier 1 area, meaning special incentives are available to job creators who locate there. More direct and economical access to the second busiest port on the East Coast will make Murray County more attractive to those involved in site selection.
“The Appalachian Regional Port is a great example of how the GPA is investing in rural Georgia, and not forgetting how that can play into the growing economic strength of the state,” Deal said.
Illya Copeland, executive director of the Murray County Industrial Development Authority ( IDA), said the area offers prime locations for manufacturing and logistics development near the inland port. “Murray County features 16 sites offering more than 1,500 acres of developable land, most of which can support multiple developments,” Copeland said. “Of the 1,500 acres, 258 acres are rail- front property.”
He said the IDA bought a 382acre tract in January, and is closing on two port- related projects in the park already.
Other benefits of the Appalachian Regional Port include:
- Sits on 42 acres adjacent to U. S. 411 and features easy access to Interstate 75.
- Will serve as a close, convenient and cost- effective source of empty containers for manufacturers across the region, offering significant savings on repositioning equipment for exports.
- Offers generous container storage terms: five days free storage for loaded containers; 10- day free storage for empties.
- Each round- trip container moved via the ARP offsets 710 truck miles on Georgia highways. WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:
MOHAWK FLOORING - Steve Bevan, Director of Transportation and Logistics
“We plan on using it as a costsavings initiative for Mohawk. Instead of trucking from Savannah to North Georgia, we’ll pick up the containers in Chatsworth at the ARP, and truck it from there to our locations. We’re going to use it as much as we can. It’s a significant cost savings for us.”
THOMPSON APPALACHIAN HARDWOODS - Claire Getty, Chief Financial Officer
“With the Appalachian Regional Port, we will be able to source the empty containers. Also, it’s the same distance from us by truck, but it is closer to the Port of Savannah than Nashville. Cutting that much rail off and keeping the same drayage, we see it as a win. We see it as an opportunity to move as much as we can through the Appalachian Regional Port.”
THE ATLAS GROUP - Kevin McKone, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
“We’re excited it’s coming to the community. I think it will shorten the time it takes to get the container in the door, open it up and start selling it.”