The state of Illinois contributed to a new intermodal ramp in Decatur. The ramp, located on 250 acres at the ADM processing complex, provides access to three Class I railroads – Canadian National, CSX and Norfolk Southern – and proximity to highways, offering access to coasts and export markets, which are important, says Gov. Pat Quinn.
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“Exports mean jobs, right here in our own back yard. We have to expand our markets, whether it’s South America, whether it’s Asia, whether it’s Africa, whether it’s Europe, we have to understand that we are in a global economy,” Quinn said at a ceremony inaugurating the ramp. The facility has two cranes that can handle 50,000 containers per year, with room to grow to 150,000.
Decatur is located within a day’s drive of a population of 95 million, according to the governor’s office. The overall cost of the mostly private project is not being revealed. The state kicked in $750,000, said to be a “small portion” of the overall cost.