CORDELE, GA (WALB) - Cordele's connection to the Savannah Port through the rail system has become a huge industry, and one Crisp County company is seeing major growth because of it.
Another container on the train, and in about 12 hours will be loading onto a ship in the Savannah Port, heading overseas. It's just another hectic day for Cordele Intermodal Services, moving South Georgia products in the world economy.
"We can go anywhere within this area within a day with our trucks. They come back, they load it on the train. Overnight it's over in Savannah. Which is amazing for a lot of our customers. And it's a cost savings for the," said CIS Director of Transportation A. J. Romig.
From peanuts, to pecans, from lumber to beer, more and more South Georgia products are moving through Cordele daily.
And Cordele Intermodal Services is having to expand to meet the demand. Right now they ship Monday through Friday from their seven acre site. Because of demand, they are doubling the size of their facility, and preparing to ship on Saturday's as well. And that means jobs.
Romig said "We're actually about to go through another growth spurt. And add 20 to 30 more employees in the next couple of months."
Right now about 100 trucks a day roll into the CSI yard and onto the trains. But business demands are pushing growth.
"This year alone we have hit over one thousand containers," Romig said. "And we're talking to several companies that are going to end up making it so hopefully by next year maybe we'll be over two thousand containers. Which is huge for us."
Growth and jobs coming to Cordele as it becomes known as a transportation hub in South Georgia.
Romig said she was one of three employees at CSI four years ago. Now they have 120 employees, and are still growing.