Partnershipping Award Goes to Okefenokee Area Development Authority

JACKSONVILLE — CSX Transportation presented its Partnershipping Award to the Okefenokee Area Development Authority (OADA) in recognition of its work to locate a new wood pellet production facility in Waycross, Ga., that will be served by CSX.

The award was presented to OADA in ceremonies today, prior to the grand opening of the Georgia BioMass, LLC, facility in Waycross, Ga.CSX unit trains will transport as much as 750,000 tons of wood products annually from the plant to the Port of Savannah for export to produce electricity.

“OADA did an outstanding job working with CSX Regional Development, European customers, the State of Georgia, and Ware Countyofficials to make this significant economic development happen,” said Clark Robertson, CSX assistant vice president-regional development. “It will bring needed jobs to Ware County, and help position Georgia as a leader in the renewable fuels business.

“CSX was very pleased to be selected as the rail carrier for this new venture,” Robertson said. “Given the abundant forest assets in the region, we are hopeful that other firms may be encouraged to join in the production of wood products for renewable energy and take advantage of our excellent rail network. We offer considerable expertise in the transportation of renewable fuels, including bio-diesel and ethanol.”