SC Ports Breaks Ground on Inland Port Dillon
March 13, 2017
Today officials broke ground on the site of Inland Port Dillon, a South Carolina Ports Authority facility slated to open in early 2018 to support growing intermodal cargo volumes between the Port of Charleston and markets throughout the Carolinas, Northeast and Midwest. Located within the Carolinas I-95 Mega Site, Inland Port Dillon has close proximity to I-95, a critical transportation artery in the Southeast. The area is central to a significant base of existing Port users that represent base cargo opportunities for the facility.
The initial phase is expected to handle at least 45,000 containers annually, offering overnight access to and from Charleston via an existing CSX mainline. Marlboro Electric Cooperative is a partner in preparing the site for the Inland Port Dillon, with the use of Site Readiness Fund dollars.
SRF and Incentive Fund
Marlboro Electric Cooperative
“Inland Port Dillon will diversify SCPA’s footprint and enable port users to gain logistics efficiencies through rail transportation of their cargo. Inland ports provide infrastructure in the interior of the state that supports the movement of freight to and from our marine terminals. Our facilities in Dillon and Greer are important to SCPA’s overall volume growth and the significant amount of cargo that moves today by rail.”
— Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO
“Inland Port Dillon complements the Port’s infrastructure investments in Charleston and will no doubt spur economic development activity both in the Pee Dee area and the surrounding region. Port-related jobs pay 40 percent higher than the state’s average wage, and it is an exciting day to bring such opportunities to Dillon County.”
— SCPA Board Chairman Pat McKinney
“Our ports are a tremendously important part of South Carolina’s growing economic engine, and Inland Port Dillon will play a crucial role in helping our companies move goods more efficiently than ever before. This new facility will mean even more jobs and industry, and help take our state straight to the top.”
— South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster
“The fruition of the Inland Port in Dillon County culminates a long process from a dedicated team and partnership in which Marlboro Electric Cooperative remains ecstatic to be a part of. The Port’s leadership team is already providing tremendous value today, and the future for our entire region just got a lot brighter.”
— Bo McInnis, Marlboro Electric Cooperative, Chairman