A brief summary of your services will tell us…
Palmetto Railways is an enterprise agency of the State of South Carolina and a division of the South Carolina Department of Commerce. We strengthen the state’s economy by providing safe, efficient and cost-effective rail solutions for the movement of freight. In addition to hauling freight, our services include industrial development, locomotive and rail car repair, leasing and track construction and maintenance. We work with our clients and partners to add new services and capabilities so we’re always keeping business on track for South Carolina.
What regions do you serve?
Palmetto Railways is based in the Lowcountry, but our footprint stretches across South Carolina through our four subdivisions: Charleston, North Charleston, Charity Church and Hampton & Branchville. We work with larger Class I railroads like CSX & Norfolk Southern to keep freight moving throughout the state. Our customers are some of South Carolina’s largest employers, a geographically diverse group. If you visit our new website, www.palmettorailways.com, you can see just how many companies we serve across the state every day.
What might surprise me about Palmetto Railways?
Did you know that Palmetto Railways has been moving freight in South Carolina for over 125 years? Although we started calling ourselves Palmetto Railways in 2013, our organization’s rich history dates back to the establishment of the East Shore Terminal Company in 1890.
It might also surprise you to learn how much business Palmetto Railways keeps on track. The rail system throughout South Carolina supports over 330,000 jobs and has a statewide economic impact of $56 billion each year. As the terminal switching provider and short-haul carrier for a number of South Carolina’s largest freight rail customers, including the Port of Charleston and others, over 100,000 rail cars of freight move over our tracks annually, and in 2017 alone, our freight system handled over 250,000 finished automobiles. We’re proud of the role we play in making South Carolina the nation’s leader in export sales of completed passenger vehicles.
How do you attract and retain a dedicated workforce that is able to support all of your customers’ needs?
Our team is the key to our success. Without them, we could not provide the outstanding service our clients and the state have come to expect. Palmetto Railway employees are dedicated to a mission we call SECURE, which stands for safety, efficiency, customer service requirements and expenses. By being SECURE, our employees create a safe, fulfilling workplace that supports them in their careers.
Are you interested in this kind of work? We regularly share our story and our values at community career fairs and similar events, and we are always looking for talented individuals seeking the chance to join an organization dedicated to serving others and promoting the state’s economy. For more information, please visit our website, www.palmettorailways.com, and submit your resume on the Careers page.
What are some of Palmetto Railways’ proudest accomplishments?
We are proud of the outstanding work our team performs for our clients, and we are proud that our client and partners know they can count on Palmetto Railways to provide safe, efficient and cost-effective rail solutions to support them as they grow the state’s economy. We are also proud of our own contributions to the growth of South Carolina’s economy through two major development projects, the Navy Base Intermodal Facility (NBIF), which recently accomplished a major milestone, at the North Charleston Navy Base and the Camp Hall Rail Project in Berkeley County.
The NBIF project is a $280 million project set to come online in 2021. It will support over 3,000 jobs through construction and related infrastructure and increase economic activity in the region by $450 million dollars. Other benefits include economic development, supporting infrastructure demands and sustaining our environmental responsibility. We are celebrating a major milestone with the recent publication of the Final Environmental Impact Statement at the end of June, which is a major step in moving this project forward and driving growth through the new port facility. NBIF will make Palmetto Railways a driving force in turning the former Navy Base into an economic engine for not just the Lowcountry, but South Carolina as a whole.
In addition to NBIF, Palmetto Railways is also developing an industrial rail line to serve the Camp Hall Commerce Park in Berkeley County. The new rail line will connect the development to an existing Class 1 rail network to promote development in the area. Palmetto Railways will construct, own and operate the new rail line which will serve Volvo Cars and other tenants of the Camp Hall site.
It’s an exciting time at Palmetto Railways, and you can see that every day in the enthusiasm our team members have in their work. From delivering exceptional service to promoting the state’s growing economy, we’re proud that Palmetto Railways is truly keeping business on track.