Port of Brownsville-OmniTRAX partnership instrumental
CSC Sugar, one of the largest importers and exporters of refined sugar to and from North America, began its new packaging and distribution operations at the Port of Brownsville last week. The company has hired 33 local employees to fill all available positions, including warehousemen, forklift drivers and packaging equipment operators.
“This is an important project for the Port of Brownsville because it helps bring greater employment opportunities to our region,” said John Wood, chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. “It further diversifies our cargo mix, making us less vulnerable to geopolitical influences.”
Key to the company’s expansion to Brownsville was the port’s rail infrastructure and cargo capabilities.
“We chose the Port of Brownsville specifically because it provides great access from both Union Pacific and BNSF railroads. It’s excellent rail connectivity. The freight rate to Brownsville is basically the same regardless where you’re coming from, whether it’s from the sugar growing regions in Minnesota or Idaho,” said Paul Farmer, CEO and president of CSC Sugar. “The Brownsville Rio Grande International Railway as the local short line is also a key part of the deal.”.
In 2014, the port signed a strategic partnership with OmniTRAX to operate BRG and develop the 1,400-acre GEOTRAC Industrial Hub.
“The Port of Brownsville and the GEOTRAC Industrial Hub offer a very unique location for companies like CSC Sugar. Plus, the capabilities of the Brownsville and Rio Grande International Railway will create new opportunities for exporting and importing a variety of products like beet and cane sugar,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.
Schaeffer Stevedoring is the stevedore. Handymax type ships will supply ocean shipping, with the first vessel expected to arrive in May.