Milestone day for CSX Intermodal Logistics Center

Central Florida ILC

Today marks an exciting milestone in the development of the Central Florida ILC! Officials released the following information to mark the occasion.

Evansville Western Railway, an affiliate of CSX, today announced the start of operations at the state-of-the-art intermodal terminal located just off State Road 60. Known as the Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center (ILC), this facility serves as a centralized hub for transportation, logistics and distribution serving Orlando, Tampa and South Florida.

The 318-acre intermodal terminal is surrounded by 930 acres that is planned for development of up to 7.9 million square feet of warehouse distribution centers, light industrial and office facilities. The terminal features five 3,000-foot loading tracks and two 10,000-foot arrival and departure tracks. It’s estimated the terminal will process up to 300,000 containers a year.

“The Central Florida ILC will add yet another transportation and logistics capability in a state that’s already known for excellent ports, great highways, and extensive railroad connectivity,” said Clarence Gooden, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at CSX. “The terminal will provide an anchor for economic development in the region and position Florida for future growth while reducing congestion on the highways.”

While Evansville Western Railway owns the facility, the terminal is operated by CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. with rail service provided by CSX Transportation (CSXT). Containerized freight previously handled at CSX’s intermodal terminal in Orlando is immediately being shifted to Winter Haven. CSX will serve the region’s intermodal market from the new Central Florida ILC and close its Orlando intermodal terminal. CSXT’s Taft yard in Orlando will continue to serve other rail freight needs.

While Evansville Western Railway owns the facility, the terminal is operated by CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. with rail service provided by CSX Transportation (CSXT). Containerized freight previously handled at CSX’s intermodal terminal in Orlando is immediately being shifted to Winter Haven. CSX will serve the region’s intermodal market from the new Central Florida ILC and close its Orlando intermodal terminal. CSXT’s Taft yard in Orlando will continue to serve other rail freight needs.

The terminal incorporates cutting-edge technology that is efficient, innovative and environmentally friendly. Several of its green technology initiatives include:

  • three high-powered electric cranes that minimize noise and emissions;
  • solar panels on each building which provide alternative and renewable energy sources;
  • high mast exterior lighting using LED (light emitting diodes) to reduce energy consumption and light pollution;
  • silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its administration buildings.

“This is one of the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind in the country,” said Tony Reck, Chairman and CEO of Evansville Western Railway. “The ripple effect of this terminal’s operations will be felt statewide and beyond – ultimately setting the stage for future growth in the region. Without the tremendous support and visionary leadership of Winter Haven and state officials, none of this would have been possible.”

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Milestone day for CSX Intermodal Logistics Center

  1. Is the facility hiring or bringing in outside the area employees with transfers? What will be the total number employed by this facility for the WH area?
    Thank you,
    Regina Carlton

  2. Bob Gernert says:

    Game changing news for Winter Haven and our neighbors! History is being made!

  3. Regina,

    According to CSX, approximately fifty-five employees run the daily operations of the terminal. Many of these employees transferred from CSX’s intermodal terminal in Orlando which is now closed. However, during construction of the facility, approximately 200 construction jobs were sourced locally with the help of Polk County’s workforce development board, Polk Works (now Career Source Polk). For example, Hanson Concrete Pipe, which operates one of the largest automated pipe plants in the United States and is located in Winter Haven, supplied all of the precast concrete drainage pipes for this terminal. Mack Industries, also based in Winter Haven, is supplying all the concrete underground junction boxes. Winter Haven-based Whitehead Construction built four buildings on the terminal site.

    The intermodal terminal will serve as a hub for the development of the adjacent property. According to an economic impact study conducted by HDR Engineering, at full build-out, the Central Florida ILC will create as many as 1,800 direct jobs at warehouse facilities and 8,500 indirect jobs in the area. Over a 10 year period, the Central Florida ILC is projected to generate more than $10 billion in economic development and add $900 million in state and federal tax revenue.

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