L&C to serve the new Gallo wine complex
Lancaster & Chester Railroad (L&C) will service E. & J. Gallo Winery’s first production and distribution facility on the East Coast, to be built in Chester County, South Carolina.
Through L&C, the California winemaker will have access to both CSX and Norfolk Southern, a site selection requirement, according to the 62-mile shortline subsidiary of Gulf & Ohio Railways. Gallo will also be served by the Port of Charleston.
The $ 423 million Gallo complex, which will be located on a 650-acre industrial site, will include the production, bottling, canning and distribution of domestic and international products. It is expected to create 496 new jobs over the next eight years. Construction is expected to begin soon, with a Phase I opening scheduled for October 2022.
“We could not be more grateful for the collaboration and support shown by the State of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and those of Chester County, as well as all the public and private entities that have adopted this project throughout planning. process and welcomed us into the community, ”said Gallo CEO Ernest J. Gallo.
“We are delighted to have such a quality new customer and look forward to providing them with superior service,” said Pete Claussen, President of Gulf & Ohio Railways and Knoxville Locomotive Works, who recently received an honorable mention in the second-annual Age of the railway Influential Readers Survey. “It has been a wonderful gift for us since the 125th anniversary of this railway [L&C] it’s this week.
South Carolina Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome added, “Gallo’s $ 423 million investment to open a wine bottling and distribution facility in Chester County builds on capacity. to import through the Port of Charleston. SC Ports’ efficient operations and reliable service meet the needs of this world leader in the wine industry.