Borderlands: TexAmericas Heart appears to be like to increase rail transload enterprise

Borderlands is a weekly rundown of developments on the earth of United States-Mexico cross-border trucking and commerce. This week: The TexAmericas Heart appears to be like to increase its rail transload enterprise; Mexico’s exports of economic vehicles fell 11.3% in September; Bridgestone completes a $100 million enlargement in Mexico, creating 150 jobs; and a chilly storage facility is ready for Southern California.

TexAmericas Heart appears to be like to increase rail transload enterprise

The TexAmericas Heart acquired an $865,000 federal grant in July to construct a railroad facility in Northeast Texas. 

Officers for the 12,000-acre industrial park are betting that with a nationwide scarcity of truck drivers, extra shippers are more likely to see rail transport as a viable different for shifting items throughout the nation.

As a way to entice new prospects and increase rail operations at TexAmericas, the middle lately created the function of normal supervisor of railroad and transload operations and introduced the hiring of Darrell Thompson for the place.

Darrell Thompson

“I’ve been within the rail trade for about 31 years. I’ve identified the folks at TexAmericas for a number of years by buyer connections and consulting work. I like working with them and their imaginative and prescient and the place they’re attempting to take all the pieces,” Thompson informed FreightWaves.

Earlier than becoming a member of TexAmericas Heart, Thompson labored in varied administration positions at a number of organizations, managing each railroad and transload operations, in addition to warehouse operations. Thompson additionally labored in Australia for 2 years to assist rail operator Watco Cos. begin a world enterprise.

“I like the rail trade, there’s one thing new on a regular basis,” Thompson mentioned. “I’ve labored with such a various group of individuals over time and are available in contact with completely different cultures and had some nice trade leaders and academics over time.”

The TexAmericas Heart is a mixed-use industrial park positioned within the northeast nook of Texas, about 20 miles west of Texarkana, and 180 miles east of Dallas. The middle is positioned close to Texas’ borders with Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

TexAmericas has about 3.5 million sq. toes of economic and industrial product, with over 1.1 million sq. toes of area at the moment leased to 34 tenants.

Texarkana is a significant east-west and north-south rail heart, with seven rail traces converging within the space with over 125 trains passing by per day. Union Pacific, Kansas Metropolis Southern, Texas Northeastern Railroad and Lone Star Rail Automotive Service at the moment serve TexAmericas and the encompassing space.

Dallas is the biggest rail hub positioned close to TexAmericas, notably for intermodal. The Los Angeles-Dallas route is the second-densest intermodal lane after LA-Chicago.

FreightWaves SONAR’s exhibits a seven-day shifting common of home loaded rail intermodal containers outbound from Dallas (ORAILL.DAL). It’s down barely week-over-week, however above volumes for a similar interval in 2020.

Chart: FreightWaves SONAR (To study extra about FreightWaves SONAR, click on right here.)

TexAmericas owns greater than 36 miles of rail and at the moment presents tenants a 12-car transload facility, servicing commodities similar to aggregates (crushed stone, sand or gravel), timber, metals, constructing materials and merchandise.

With the federal grant acquired in July, TexAmericas Heart officers plan to refurbish the prevailing transload facility on the web site, in addition to construct one other transload and storage facility to extend companies.

With transload, a railroad unloads items, typically uncooked supplies, from a railcar and reloads them onto one other type of transportation, similar to a truck or ship.

“We’ve got present tenants and potential tenants that need to increase their footprint right here which are all interested by rail service,” Thompson mentioned. 

The 36 miles of rail at TexAmericas has been used primarily for railcar storage over the past a number of years. TexAmericas officers need to proceed to make use of it for storage, whereas using the land for extra companies.

“My plans are to develop the railcar storage [capabilities] along with transload operations — there’s nonetheless an enormous demand for storage; nevertheless, there may be an excellent greater demand for transload within the Texarkana market,” Thompson mentioned. “I’m excited to have the ability to increase and develop our park so as to higher serve our prospects and neighborhood. There isn’t any different transload facility inside 100 miles that has our capabilities and capability for development.”

Mexico’s exports of economic vehicles fall 11.3% in September

Mexico’s manufacturing and exports of economic vehicles decreased in September, hampered by an ongoing scarcity of semiconductors, based on Mexico’s Nationwide Affiliation of Producers of Buses, Vans and Tractors (ANPACT).

Truck makers manufactured 12,357 items in September, an 8% decline in comparison with 13,547 items in September 2020, and a 27% lower in comparison with the identical month in 2019.

Exports of industrial quality vehicles totaled 10,772 items in September, an 11.3% lower from the identical month final 12 months.

Freightliner was the highest truck maker and exporter throughout September. The corporate manufactured 7,742 vehicles (a 13.5% year-over-year decline) and exported 7,238 items (a 17% year-over-year decline) in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months. 

Bridgestone completes $100M enlargement in Mexico, creating 150 jobs

Tire producer Bridgestone lately accomplished the enlargement of its plant within the Mexican metropolis of Cuernavaca, which it mentioned will improve its manufacturing by 15% yearly.

The corporate expanded its manufacturing operations with a brand new 193,750-square-foot manufacturing facility to provide tires for passenger and business autos.  

Cuernavaca is positioned about 86 miles south of Mexico Metropolis. The Bridgestone plant in Cuernavaca opened in 1980 and at the moment employs greater than 1,200 workers. It has an annual manufacturing capability of round 6.5 million tires.

Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corp. is among the world’s largest tire producers. The Bridgestone Americas household of enterprises consists of greater than 50 manufacturing services and 55,000 workers all through the Americas.

New chilly storage facility set for Southern California

West Coast Chilly Storage lately introduced it’s constructing a 127,000-square-foot facility in Jurupa Valley, California.

The ability will function 70,000 sq. toes of freezer area and 50,000 sq. toes of cooler area. The warehouse area may have a transparent peak of 38 toes, permitting for greater than 18,000 pallet positions and 19 refrigerated loading positions.

Will probably be positioned 50 miles east of Los Angeles and 122 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. It goals to supply tenants storage options and entry to surrounding main freeways for supply all through Southern California. It’ll create 75 new jobs.

West Coast Chilly Storage is a privately held, women-owned and operated food-grade warehousing and 3PL companies supplier in Southern California. The corporate is predicated in Jurupa Valley.

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