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Cold Train, Interstate Distributor team up on short-haul drayage at Washington intermodal terminal


Rail Logistics-Cold Train and Interstate Distributor Co. recently announced a new partnership through which Cold Train will use a dedicated fleet of trucks from Interstate Distributor for short-haul drayage service to and from an intermodal terminal at the Port of Quincy, Wash.

In 2010, Rail Logistics in partnership with BNSF Railway Co. launched the Cold Train refrigerated intermodal service between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago/Indianapolis/Ohio Valley area markets. Since then, the service has grown rapidly and several thousand containers of fresh produce, frozen products and/or other cargo have been shipped on Cold Train, Rail Logistics officials said in a prepared statement.

“This new partnership with Interstate Distributor will provide Cold Train with scalable drayage capacity in Washington state to meet increasing shipment demands as the service continues to grow,” said Rail Logistics-Cold Train President Steve Lawson.

The Cold Train has helped turn the port into a key distribution hub for central and eastern Washington, Port of Quincy officials said. So have recent investments in industrial, high-tech and transportation infrastructure — including the intermodal terminal — which are helping to attract companies to the port’s newly developed industrial park, they said.

Case in point: The port recently sold 12 acres at the park to Amway as the site for a 48,000-square-foot extraction and concentration facility. Amway, which retains an option to purchase an additional 15 acres, plans to begin constructing the $31.8 million facility later this year and launch operations in 2014.

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