The Tennessee-based Eco-Energy Holdings announced Monday their plans to expand ethanol supplies into the Atlanta market with a fuel transfer and storage terminal. Eco Energy selected Cartersville West Industrial Park as the site for a rail-to-truck transfer facility to open next year.
"The ethanol unit train terminal will be capable of distributing over 400,000 barrels (16.8M gallons) per month through the use of its automated loading system and will offer 24/7 product access to its terminal customers. The facility will be equipped to receive up to 96 rail car unit trains via the CSX railroad and will have approximately 200,000 barrels (8.4M gallons) of ethanol tank storage. Operations at the site are expected to commence in the second quarter of 2013," stated a Monday press release.
Cartersville West Industrial Park is located off of Ga. Highway 113 west of the Etowah River. The facility will be constructed on the rail line off of Riverside Drive.
Specific announcements of capitol investment and projected job numbers have not been released at this time. Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Melinda Lemmon collaborated with CSX Economic Development to locate the company in Bartow. The process, she said, was relatively quick once the company looked at the Cartersville West property.
"They're going to be utilizing the rail to bring in the corn-based ethanol from out west. So they really needed a rail-service site in the Atlanta market," Lemmon said. "It's basically a transfer of the ethanol from train to truck. ... It will go into gasoline mixtures in the Atlanta market. They're not mixing it at this facility but this is a transfer station to get the ethanol to the locations that will mix it for the traditional gasoline as we use it."
For more information about Eco Energy, visit www.eco-energyinc.com.