Northwest Grains Breaks Ground on New SC Ag Transload Facility
Northwest Grains has broken ground on a new agricultural transload facility in South Carolina that will handle containerized soybeans, cotton seed, cotton, yellow peas, peanuts, lumber, and logs through the Port of Charleston via rail-served Inland Port Dillon.
The Inland Port Dillon was opened by SC Ports in 2018 to provide direct rail access to the Port of Charleston, enabling customers in the Southeast region of the state to move exports and receive imports more quickly.
Crops will be loaded by Northwest Grain at Inland Port Dillon, and the containers will then be loaded onto CSX trains to be transported to the Port of Charleston for export to overseas markets - giving farmers across the states of South and North Carolina greater access to global buyers.
Construction on the $2.5 million site is expected to begin this month, with operations scheduled to come online in time for soybean harvest in October. Once fully operational, SC Ports expects to be handling 1,000 containers through this facility each year.