* From a press release…
Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by company and local officials to open a new intermodal container facility at Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) in Decatur. The facility will enable businesses to tap into the company’s deep transportation and logistics expertise and provide a platform for economic growth in central Illinois. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to creating jobs and driving Illinois’ economy forward.
“ADM is one of the key reasons Illinois is the largest exporting state in the Midwest, and this new facility will help even more businesses get their goods to domestic and foreign markets more easily and cost effectively,” Governor Quinn said. “Expanding markets for Illinois products creates jobs here at home and drives our economy forward.”
The intermodal ramp, located on 250 acres of land at ADM’s Decatur processing complex, offers direct access to three Class I railroads and close proximity to several major highways. This unique interchange offers ready access to coasts and export markets, and provides proximity to 95 million customers within a day’s drive. The facility itself has two high-capacity cranes that can handle 50,000 containers per year, with room to grow to 150,000.
* From the Decatur paper…
“Ten years from now, I hope we look back to see this as a turning point that ushered in a new wave of growth,” said Fredericksen, ADM Transportation president. “We look forward to seeing it reach its full potential.” […]
Intermodal freight has the potential to be shipped by truck, rail and ship, which means the facility’s location near interstates 72, 74, 55 and 57 and U.S. 51 also positions it to deliver efficient access for trucking. ADM operates a transportation network that contains 26,100 rail cars, 700 trucks and 1,500 trailers […]
The intermodal facility has two high-capacity cranes that can handle 50,000 containers per year, with room to grow. […]
Other companies can move products in and out of Decatur, said Craig Coil, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County. Decatur is less congested than larger nearby cities, Coil said.
The intermodal ramp is seen as the first step in the development of the Midwest Inland Port, Coil said.
“This opens the door to new opportunities,” Coil said. “We’ve been overlooked as a distribution hub. Nobody else has this.”
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn sees the opening of the facility as a chance for the Decatur area to improve on its global trade standing. It was recently ranked in the top 25 of cities by Global Trade Magazine.
Decatur obviously needs a new vision for the future. This could be part of it.