Inland Port Greer expansion continues to drive regional and state economic growth
The completion of the extension of the railway infrastructure to Greer Inner Harbor and plans to double the terminal’s capacity drew an assortment of local and state leaders on Nov. 18 to celebrate the cargo the impact of the hub on regional and state economies.
Barbara Melvin, President and CEO of SC Ports said the inland port has become one of the most successful such facilities in the country and has helped make SC Ports the 8th largest port in the country.
Inner port More was completed in 2013 and has been growing ever since. The expansion just completed involved the construction of an additional rail processing track and two rail storage tracks in the terminal. The addition of 8,000 feet of new rail is expected to meet freight demand through 2040.
The expansion also involves doubling the size of the existing chassis yard capacity and constructing new facilities for heavy-lift maintenance and terminal operations. Completion of the full project is scheduled for winter 2024.
The more than $30 million expansion is funded by both SC Ports revenue and part of a $25 million BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) grant. The grant was awarded to the SC Department of Transportation for its Upstate Express Corridor program.
“Inland Port Greer’s expansion adds more container and train space to meet the capacity needs of our customers,” said Ed Stehmeyer, Managing Director of Projects and Design at SC Ports. “The goal of the terminal expansion is to strengthen the upstate intermodal infrastructure supply chain and further develop the inland terminal to handle more cargo for our customers.”
SC Ports is also constructing the Naval Base Intermodal Facility in North Charleston. This rail-served yard will move more cargo to and from the inland ports of Greer and Dillon, efficiently transporting cargo across the state.
The Naval Base Intermodal Facility will be served by Norfolk Southern, CSX and Palmetto Railroads when it opens in July 2025. The modern rail yard will be one mile from the Leatherman Terminal to ensure speed on the go port-dependent business market throughout the Southeast.
Inland Port Greer in brief
- More than 150,000 lifts were performed at the facility in fiscal year 2022
- The SC Energy Office estimates that the inland ports of Greer and Dillon saved 970,000 gallons of diesel fuel and eliminated 11,500 tonnes of air emissions by reducing truck traffic in 2021 alone.
- Inland Port Greer operates 24/7 and extends Charleston Harbor’s reach 212 miles inland to upstate.
- BMW Manufacturing exports 60% of the vehicles it manufactures in Spartanburg County through Inland Port Greer/Port of Charleston to 120 countries around the world.