Decatur - Shipping containers moved by rail from Decatur can reach seaports on the east and west coasts and the gulf region in just a matter of days.And, the number of containers continues to grow.
Archer Daniels Midland opened its Midwest Inland Port in 2013. It’s already paying dividends providing a positive economic impact for the entire region.
“It’s not just about Decatur. It’s about Champaign.It’s all about Bloomington, Peoria,” Mark Schweitzer of ADM told WAND News.It’s about how we can work downstate together to be able to increase commerce and manufacturing and business.”
ADM imports and exports containers containing a wide range of products from electronics to waste paper.They are loaded and unloaded onto intermodal trains and trucks giving shippers the ability to avoid crowded facilities like those in Chicago.
ADM currently has over 600 containers at its ramp at the Inland Port.That number is expected to double when a second ramp, currently under construction, opens in August. The Midwest Inland Port has access to five major highways along with Norfolk Southern, Canadian National and CSX railroads.