Thursday, December 17, 2009
Asics selects Chickasaw Trail
By SUE WATSON
There is no official word from the company yet, but Asics America Corp. plans to build a half-million-square-foot warehouse at Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park, according to an article in the Memphis Business Journal last week.
Bill Mobley, executive director for the Marshall County Industrial Authority, is still holding his breath until he gets the official press release he was told to expect.
The new 520,000-square-foot footwear distribution center would be built on 38 acres in the Industrial Park across from the Exel Warehouse on Mt. Carmel Road and be ready for operations in 2011, according to the story written by Memphis Business Journal reporter Andy Ashby.
Approximately 200 new jobs would result and the Asics warehouse in Marshall County would supplement two other warehouse facilities, one in Southaven and another the company will lease in Horn Lake.
County officials and Mobley said that plans to build Mt. Carmel Road, a two-lane road that can be expanded to three lanes, from Wingo Road in the industrial park to Highway 302, was crucial in helping attract this large warehouse. The park landed some big businesses several years ago as infrastructure was developed, and due to the excellent position for industries to access major highway and rail routes that connect to major corridors.
Interstate 269 is set to connect Interstate 55 and 40 with a bypass around the Memphis area and will pass through the park. Norfolk Southern Railroad has also announced plans to build the Memphis Intermodal Yard at Piperton and Rossville, Tenn., in Fayette County. The largest intermodal yard on the NSRR system when completed in 2012 will be connected to the Chickasaw Trail Park by road and eventually a rail spur, if plans materialize.
Mississippi Department of Transportation is expected to complete the four-laning of nearly four miles of two-lane on Highway 72 near the park, with that work expected to be completed by 2012 if not earlier.
Mobley, fingers still crossed for luck since he has no official word as yet, said the addition of Asics to the park will provide jobs for the local economy and there are several other projects at the park in the works which he hopes to see come to fruition soon.
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