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Plastics export market spurs Frontier Logistics’ expansion

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Frontier Logistics, a logistics firm with operations in Texas and South Carolina, plans to expand its Lowcountry footprint with a new warehouse operation in North Charleston.

The company said it will build a 400,000-square-foot facility to handle transload operations of plastic pellets, readying them for export through the Port of Charleston.

The La Porte, Texas-based firm will build on 26 acres at the former Navy base in North Charleston. The company bought the land from Palmetto Railways, a division of the state Commerce Department, for $6.4 million, Charleston County property records show.

Palmetto Railways will provide rail service to the warehouse, connecting it to CSX and Norfolk Southern lines. The company will export through Port of Charleston terminals, including the future Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal under construction nearby.

“Frontier is an important business partner for the port and plays an integral role in the handling of our plastics and resins business,” S.C. State Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome said in a news release. “The addition of their facility will support considerable increases in expected growth within the plastics segment over the coming years, which is a key component of the port’s planned above-market volume growth.”

The firm’s $35.5 million investment will create an additional 34 jobs, according to a news release. Company officials did not return phone calls this morning.

“Charleston has significant logistical advantages that reach the entire world market, enough so that it compels us to make Charleston a comprehensive launching pad for future export-import and domestic logistics needs,” Frontier Logistics CEO George Cook said in the release.

The company provides warehousing, packaging, transportation and other supply chain management services. Hiring is expected to begin in the fourth quarter.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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