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Intermodal facility has potential

Published 10:24am Tuesday, April 1, 2014

If you build it, they will come.

At least that is what officials with The Point industrial park and the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation are hoping as construction of an intermodal transfer station pushes forward.

Once complete, the dock, southern Ohio’s only public dock, will provide an access point for trucks, barges and trains into the industrial park and enable manufacturers to move large pieces of equipment or other products.

Officials say the facility will allow for a potential increase of commerce coming into Lawrence County, and hopefully, they are correct.

It will be up to those at The Point and the LEDC to make sure all potential businesses are made aware of this new addition to the industrial park and how having access to it can benefit those companies.

We have no doubt the LEDC is already working toward that end, getting the word out that The Point is vying to be a leader in industry and economic development in the county.

We hope once the facility is complete, businesses will take advantage of all that the intermodal transfer station will have to offer. This certainly could be advantageous for Lawrence County if they do.

 

  • Poor Richard

    Lawrence County has far surpassed West Virginia’s intermodal terminal at Prichard which seems to be only a pipe dream. There are a number of ‘intermodal terminals’ along the Ohio River but most are ghost towns, so I am anxious to see how this one operates.

    If I were the LEDC, I would work out arrangements with Rickenbacker for transportation handling, or go around them and make deals with those shipping to Rickenbacker and cut them off at the pass, particularly with the rail system. No point in continuing to Columbus or Chicago when you can have it landed on a barge sooner and cheaper in South Point Ohio. How does the Huntington airport feel about international shipments?

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