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Washington city's port, rail access ideal for high-tech plants, Boyd Co. says


Site selection consulting firm The Boyd Co. recently identified Quincy, Wash., as an ideal location for carbon composite manufacturing facilities and other high-tech plants. The main reason: transportation access, including a close proximity to a BNSF Railway Co. mainline, several ports and Interstate 90.

Recently, automaker BMW announced plans to jointly build a carbon composite manufacturing plant in central Washington with SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, according to Boyd. Quincy is an attractive site option because the city can be served by larger ports in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., and the Port of Quincy, which features a state-of-the-art intermodal terminal and rail cargo handling facility on a BNSF mainline, according to Boyd. The terminal includes more than 10,000 feet of track, a new container maintenance and cleaning facility, and more than 1 million square feet of warehousing space.

In addition, the port and city of Quincy are seeking U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Board approval to be included in a Foreign Trade Zone service area.

Earlier this year, Boyd completed a national site selection study that compared the cost of operating a high-tech manufacturing facility in 45 small market cities throughout the United States. The study ranked Quincy as the best small-market option in the Western Region based on the cost of labor, power, land, construction and taxes.

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