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Terminal Infrastructure: Indiana, Quonset

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Indiana to Receive FASTLANE Grant 
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor will receive one of the nation’s 10 FASTLANE small project grants for 2017. The port’s grant is part of a $19.7 million expansion of the infrastructure that will increase cargo handling capacity and multimodal capabilities.

The port expansion will include the construction of a new 2.3-acre cargo terminal with multimodal connections for handling cargo transfers between ships, barges, rail cars and trucks. In addition, 4.4 miles will be added to the port's existing 14-mile rail network. Two new rail yards will create rail storage for 165 rail cars, accommodate a 90-car unit train and provide rail car switching within the port, which will improve operating efficiencies for port companies. Improvements to the west dock, including extending a retaining wall and paving a dock apron, will result in an additional 1,200 feet of usable dock space. The project scope also includes a new six-acre truck marshalling yard that will relieve congestion along port roads

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled nearly 2.6 million tons of cargo in 2016, completing the highest three-year total in the port's history. Ship traffic through the port was up nearly 20 percent for the first nine months of 2017, while total shipments were up nearly 11 percent, compared to the same time period last year.

"With these investments, companies using water to move cargo will have new options for their inbound raw materials, outbound finished products and transferring shipments between ships and barges, rail cars and trucks," said Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper. "Strategic investments in port infrastructure produce a foundation for long-term growth, bring a positive economic impact to the area and support trade throughout the state."
Quonset Breaks Ground on New Industrial Campus 
Recently the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) embarked on a new initiative, designed to help current and future manufacturing tenants grow their businesses, when QDC broke ground on the first building in its new flex industrial campus in Rhode Island.

Each flex industrial building will range from 25,000 to 50,000 s/f and will contain office space, restroom facilities, and high bay (24’ clear) manufacturing/assembly/warehouse space. The versatile space was designed to meet the diverse needs of modern manufacturers. 
These state-of-the-art facilities are being offered to new start-ups and existing manufacturers in the community and across the country. QDC's goal is to continue to provide its tenants with modern infrastructure and predictable business climates. 

The overall plans for the flex-industrial campus include the construction of multiple buildings that will be phased in over several years. 

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