Florida Governor Rick Scott lauded the vision and potential for the Winter Haven Intermodal Terminal and noted that Panama Canal shipping will double after the widened waterway opens in 2014. He added “Florida’s strategic position is a perfect opportunity for the state to become an international shipping hub.” The Evansville Western Terminal will be a key element of the state’s growing international influence. Scott also presented CSX CEO Michael Ward a special medal of recognition for its economic and employment influence within the state.
The groundbreaking ceremonies attracted more than 200 attendees and featured the musical talents of the Winter Haven High School Band.
The Winter Haven Intermodal Terminal is being constructed by Evansville Western Railway. Several local companies are already under contract to provide products and services for the site development. Whitehead Construction has been hired to build four of the first structures on the site.
The terminal will lead to the construction of a Business and Warehousing Park surrounding the site on 900+ additional acres. The long term economic impact of this project will enhance Winter Haven and Central Florida’s future for generations to come.