John Garcia
Florida Trend Magazine
December 2014

Investors in seven major inland port projects are banking on a jump in international trade, but will there be enough business for all of them?

Get updates on them all, including: Plum Creek Timber’s North Florida Intermodal Center; Rayonier’s Crawford Diamond Industrial Center; CSX’s Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center; A. Duda & Sons’ Americas Gateway Logistics Center; U.S. Sugar and Hilliard Bros.’ Airglades Airport; Florida East Coast Industries’ South Florida Logistics Center; and Florida Crystals’ South Florida Intermodal Logistics Center.

Americas Gateway Logistics Center

Who: A. Duda & Sons/Viera Co

Where: Moore Haven

What: The project is master-planned on nearly 2,000 acres, with an initial phase of 800 acres, and has room for 18 million square feet of manufacturing and distribution space. The site has frontage along U.S. 27, a major freight route with capacity to spare, and State Road 78. The U.S. Sugar-owned South Central Florida Express railroad runs for four miles adjacent to the southwestern edge of the site and connects to CSX and Florida East Coast Railway tracks. The center is withing the service area of four seaports: Miami, Everglades, Palm Beach and Manatee. State and local governments are building the Gateway Logistics and Manufacturing Training Center next to the site, with a goal of beginning classes in January.

When: Duda says it has begun discussions with prospective tenants.

Competitive advantage: "Our site is especially attractive because of its already existing infrastructure and strong community and political support," says Duda spokeswoman Susan Howard.

 Also included in this article are TopRank Florida lists of the state's biggest airports, seaports and foreign trade zones.

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