Ten rail, air or interstate frontage sites in the South perfect for any large manufacturer

Commonwealth Crossing Industrial Park
Martinsville, Virginia

Commonwealth Crossing Business Center in Martinsville, Va.

Commonwealth Crossing Business Center (CCBC) is a publicly owned (Henry County) development offering prime sites in a 726-acre rail-served industrial park on the Virginia/North Carolina border. CCBC is located on US 220, only 33 miles north of the Greensboro, N.C. International Airport (PTI).

Two tracts are currently under development: Tract 1 (120-acre pad) and Tract 4 (50-acre pad). Water and sewer are provided by Henry County; electric by AEP; gas by Southwestern Virginia Gas; and high speed, diverse route fiber by Mid-Atlantic Broadband. CCBC was “shovel ready” January 2015.

England Airpark
Alexandria, Louisiana

England Airpark in Alexandria, La.

Located in the center of the state, England Airpark, a 3,000-acre, award-winning, master planned community, offers outstanding business location options. With over $200 million in airfield improvements, and building upon its transportation strengths as a former military facility, England Airpark’s Alexandria International Airport features 747 capable runways, 24-hour tower, full navigation aids, Index D ARFF, major refueling and 24-hour FBO, and Foreign-Trade Zone #261. England Airpark also hosts on-site rail, access to I-49 and the inland Port of Alexandria.

England Airpark’s certified Greenfield sites offer industrial development choices. Two sites, West 1 (700 acres) and East 1 (40 acres), are certified by the State of Louisiana, Cleco and McCallum Sweeney. Two additional certified sites are planned for 2015. Existing buildings are available on campus.

On-site housing, recreation, ample utilities, great quality of life and motivated workforce lands England Airpark firmly in SBD’s Top Ten for 2015.

Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park
Memphis, Tennessee
The Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park is designed with efficient access to every major market in North America. The park’s location in the center of America’s distribution system is equally efficient for the export of goods to major ports of the world. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Pidgeon Industrial Park is characterized by prime industrial land with access to all modes of transportation: five Class I railroads, a new still water harbor, minutes from I-55 and I-40, and Memphis International Airport (home to FedEx World Hub and a major UPS air-ground sorting facility). Memphis is located in the heart of the eastern U.S. and is closer by truck to more major metro areas than any other city in the country.

Pidgeon Industrial Park also has access to robust, in-place utilities. The park’s assortment of lot sizes and easily expandable, flat sites make this standalone industrial park one of the best in the Mid-South.

I-26 Megasite
Newberry County, South Carolina

I-26 Megasite in Newberry County, S.C.

Since December of 2011, the County of Newberry has been working to establish a “megasite” for industrial development. Newberry County’s “I-26 Mega Site” is bounded by Old Whitmire Highway, SC Highway 76, and Interstate-26. The 2,000-acre site has ample rail access from its interior and is convenient to the I-26 interchange at SC Highway 121.

“Our location on I-26 is a huge benefit to this site,” Newberry County Economic Development Director Teresa Powers said. “We are adjacent to both the Columbia [metropolitan statistical area] and the Greenville MSA. We are not technically included in either one, but we are adjacent to both. That allows us the proximity to both of those larger cities. From a workforce standpoint, it’s a definite benefit to the site. We can pull people out of the Columbia area and out of the Greenville area to help provide the labor.

“The property has been tested,” Powers continued. “It’s had a cultural assessment, a review for threatened and endangered species, a phase I environmental study and a geotechnical survey. We’ve done a lot of testing. It also has infrastructure that could support [industry]. There is access to water and sewer and natural gas and electricity in large quantities to serve a site that large.”

MidAmerica Industrial Park
Pryor, Oklahoma
MidAmerica Industrial Park is located in northeast Oklahoma, about a half-hour’s drive from Tulsa. Spread out over 9,000 acres, which includes 3,500 available acres, MidAmerica is one of the nation’s largest industrial parks. It offers a talent-rich labor pool of nearly 1 million people within a 40-mile radius and employs more than 4,000 highly skilled workers. The Park is also a leading center for manufacturing, processing and distribution including 85 thriving companies featuring Fortune 500 giants such as Google, DuPont, Conoco/Phillips and Sysco to name a few.

In order to address the challenges of employers, MidAmerica has forged a workforce development program with innovative programs from a wide range of resource providers.

MidAmerica also possesses on-site air and rail connections, international air connections less than 40 minutes away, close proximity to major U.S. and Interstate highways, and three inland port connections only 30 minutes away.

Mississippi County River Site
Mississippi County, Arkansas

Mississippi County River Site in Arkansas

Located only 58 miles north of Memphis, this is one of the last great Greenfield sites available on the lower Mississippi River. Its 650-plus acres are located on the protected side of the Mississippi River levee but only a quarter-mile from porting facilities. The river is on the east side of the property; a mainline of the Burlington Northern is located on the west side. There is ample room for an occupant to install a rail staging area of whatever size might be needed.

Big water, sewer, natural gas and electricity are all either onsite or just a few hundred feet from the site. Interstate 55 is only six miles away.

An added bonus — this is one of the largest steel-producing areas in the world with economical and easy access to rolled steel from a variety of steelmakers — saving manufacturers incoming freight costs.

Paradise Regional Business Park
Muhlenberg County, Kentucky
The Paradise Regional Business Park offers a fully served 620-acre industrial park with flat, easy-to-develop sites to satisfy most any requirement. Sites ranging from 5 to 470 acres can be configured. Due to the ideal layout of the park, rectangular sites can be configured to accommodate large distribution or manufacturing requirements. Centrally located in the western Kentucky region, the park easily draws experienced employees from the immediate and surrounding counties. Its location adjacent to Exit 48 on the Western Kentucky Parkway provides easy access in and out, along with great visibility for companies desiring maximum highway exposure. Interstate access surrounds this site with the new I-69 nine miles to the west and I-24 and I-64 within a quick reach of the park.

Progress Center Site
Morristown, Tennessee
Located in the 800-acre East Tennessee Progress Center is a newly graded 50-acre site. It is Morristown’s latest graded pad, with others ranging in size from 5 to 50 acres. The 50-acre pad is the beginning of a 115-acre prepared site which has recently garnered significant interest from automotive-related industries. . . it is adjacent to Interstate 81, and in close proximity to Interstates 40, 26 and 75. Morristown is home to many auto suppliers such as MAHLE, Lear, Kawasaki, OTICS, San-Ei Seiko and others, making it a regional hub for automotive suppliers servicing the Southeast, as well as Detroit.

Punta Gorda Interstate Airport Park
Port Charlotte, Florida

With 4,300 acres ready for development, the Punta Gorda Interstate Airport Park represents impressive global opportunity, not only in access but in large-scale site selection and flexibility: site options range from 1 acre to more than 1,000 acres. Developed for high performance with superb water, power and telecommunications infrastructure, the Park enhances productivity with the cost-effective advantages of a designated Foreign Trade Zone. Productivity is accelerated from startup thanks to rapid permitting, shovel-ready certified sites, pre-permitted spec building plans and new roadway improvements that enhance circulation. Charlotte County’s Certified Site program allows buyers to proceed with ease and confidence.

This park enjoys strategic access to the Punta Gorda Airport and its three lighted runways, as well as a high-profile location offering frontage where daily traffic counts exceed 40,000.

South Alabama Megasite
Baldwin County, Alabama
Baldwin County’s 3,009-acre South Alabama Megasite has received the AdvantageSite designation from the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, boosting its marketability to potential industrial partners. The Bay Minette megasite, which already earned a certified CSX megasite designation in 2011 from McCallum Sweeney Consulting, is located 32 miles from the Port of Mobile and boasts direct access to Interstate 65. The site is also less than 25 miles from Interstate 10, less than 90 minutes from four regional and municipal airports and offers direct CSX rail access, nestling it perfectly within Alabama’s automotive and aerospace corridors, according to Lee Lawson, president and CEO of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance. “This designation and the McCallum Sweeney certification communicates to site selection consultants and large original equipment manufacturers that the South Alabama Megasite is a key site along the Gulf Coast for large-scale industrial development,” Lawson said.

Author: Michael Randle