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Tennessee Southern Railroad extends lease, adds container transload facility at Alabama port

Tennessee Southern Railroad Co. and the Florence-Lauderdale County Port Authority recently agreed to extend a lease under which the 118-mile short line operates the Florence, Ala., port.

In addition, Tennessee Southern recently opened a container transload facility at the port, where the Patriot Rail Corp. subsidiary railroad conducts rail, truck and barge operations, and manages a 100,000-square-foot warehouse.

Last year, the port handled more than 300,000 tons of cargo, including coiled steel, aluminum ingots, railroad ties and various aggregates.

“Our ability to now handle containers represents a potential growth area for the port,” said Stan Wlotko, Tennessee Southern’s senior vice president of operations, in a prepared statement. “We will continue to work with the authority to expand our operations.”

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