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Trains return to Elmendorf with opening of Alamo Junction
Instead of cutting a ribbon to celebrate the opening of the Alamo Junction Rail Park April 2, Rail Logix President and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Plank (l-r), Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, President Mario Hernandez and Vice President Michelle Boggs of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and Director of Real Estate Ryan Lovell of National Property Holdings drive a spike.
ELMENDORF -- A robust work force and its strategic location near both San Antonio and the Eagle Ford shale are just some of the reasons why Michael J. Plank, president and chief executive officer of Rail Logix, chose Elmendorf for the location of the Alamo Junction Rail Park. The approximately 400-acre site, which is located off Old Corpus Christi Road across from Elmendorf’s city park, is officially open for business, following an April 2 grand-opening celebration.
Plank said it took his company six months to acquire the eight parcels necessary to create the park, which remains under construction. Alamo Junction is Rail Logix’s third rail-serviced industrial park developed in conjunction with National Property Holdings. Both companies, based in Houston, have developed similar sites in that city, as well as in Baytown.
Alamo Junction will include 7-1/2 miles of interchange and storage track in its first phase, Plank said, accommodating both manifest- and unit-train traffic 24 hours per day, seven days each week. The first phase also will include one unit-train loop, with the ability to add four more.
At least three companies have committed to establishing operations within Alamo Junction. Chemical distributor Univar will open a 52,000-square-foot design-build facility later this year, Plank said. RLI Logistics, which hauls frac sand and other materials, also is set to move there.
Sewickley, Penn.-based Arrow Material Services already has begun transloading frac sand in Alamo Junction. The company is leasing two sites, where Rob Kolaczynski, vice president of business development, said the 24/7 operation will receive more than 3,000 railcars per year. The contents of these cars will be loaded into trucks that will transport the sand to end users throughout the Eagle Ford shale oil and natural gas play in South Texas.
“The Eagle Ford is going to consume a lot of materials,” Kolaczynski said. “These materials are going to have to move by rail and land at a destination.”
The petrochemical boom continues to be responsible for exponential employment growth throughout the region. San Antonio Economic Development Foundation President Mario Hernandez, during his remarks April 2, said that the Eagle Ford shale already has been responsible for bringing more than 5,000 new jobs to south Bexar County.
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