Berkeley County industrial park gets CSX Select designation

FILE/ap CSX and Norfolk Southern are the two Class 1 railroads serving the Port of Charleston.

A portion of the West Branch Commerce Park in Berkeley County has been designated a “CSX Select” site, designed to make it more attractive to industry looking for properties with zoning and rail service already in place.

Among the advantages of such development-ready sites are: proximity to highways and existing utility infrastructure; soil testing and environmental assessment, including wetlands delineation, have been conducted; and there are adjacent CSX rail lines. The sites can significantly reduce the time required to build facilities, according to a news release.

“South Carolina continues to be a magnet for new industry,” Clark Robertson, assistant vice president of regional development at CSX, said in a statement. Located 30 miles from the Port of Charleston, the West Branch Commerce Park is aimed toward manufacturers with overseas customers or international supply chains.

CSX and Norfolk Southern are the two Class 1 railroads serving the Port of Charleston.

Formerly a wholesale nursery operation, the 689-acre industrial park is adjacent to U.S. Highway 52 and CSX’s mainline, three miles south of Moncks Corner. The southern half of the park, totaling 362 acres, is the portion that received CSX Select designation.

The property is owned by The InterTech Group of North Charleston.

“As both a CSX Select site and a South Carolina Department of Commerce certified site, West Branch is ready for the immediate development of rail-served industry and manufacturing along Berkeley County’s prime U.S. 52 growth corridor,” Anita Zucker, chairwoman of The InterTech Group, said in a statement.

CSX introduced the program in 2012 to better serve new or existing customers on its network. CSX partners with The Austin Co., a nationally known site selection consulting firm, to screen candidate sites and assist communities with the application and certification process.

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The West Branch Commerce Park is the third site in South Carolina and the first in the Lowcountry to receive the designation.

Bill Peagler, Berkeley County’s supervisor, called the certification “a testament to Berkeley County’s highly attractive investment environment – incredible infrastructure, a well-trained labor force and the lowest county government tax rate in the state.”

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