February 6, 2012

TEMPLE, Texas—The Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) today announced a new 168-acre industrial distribution development, The Railhead of Central Pointe, to be located in the Temple EDC’s Rail Park at Central Pointe.

The Temple EDC worked with Stone Construction, Transwestern and Temple/Central Texas Railroad to launch the project; Stone Construction and Transwestern are co-developers.

Temple has more than 8 miles of rail and a short-rail service, Patriot Rail. The Rail Park features a service-oriented, personally managed rail line that serves the businesses located in the rail park. With exclusive service to the Temple Rail Park, Patriot Rail is able to ensure that businesses stay on schedule with distribution and can manage delivery expectations, simplify operations, and manage budgets more easily.

“The Railhead of Central Pointe development gives us the ability to locate logistics and distribution companies in a very short period of time,” said Charley Ayres, Temple EDC director of business development. “Temple simplifies a large corporation’s search process because we are ready today.”

Various options are available for small and large users needing broad distribution of large machinery, sizable products or bulk products that must be moved by rail.

“With a serious shortage of rail-served industrial parks in all four major markets in Texas—Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio—and the unique service available by Patriot Rail, Temple has got to be on your short list if you are considering a bulk distribution center anywhere in Texas,” said Stone Construction President Chris Hotze. “What makes The Railhead of Central Pointe unique is that we have the ability and the team in place to put customized buildings on the ground quickly. We offer a turnkey process for both design build and build to suit.”

Temple also offers a low cost of construction comparable to larger metropolitan areas because of lower land costs.

Phase I of the development, with recently completed rail spurs, is 68 acres. A 100-acre phase II is anticipated based on demand.
Several large, national distribution corporations are already based in Temple, including: Wal-Mart and H-E-B, each with 2 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution centers; Wilsonart International, Inc.; McLane; Mars Petcare U.S., Inc.; and Liquid Nails.

The Rail Park in Temple is served by the BNSF Railway, a Class I national railroad.

About Temple
Temple, Texas, is a community with a diverse economic base that includes healthcare, distribution and warehousing, and manufacturing as its foundation. Within 200 miles of a population of 19 million, Temple is in a strategic location that is central within the Southwest U.S. marketplace. Visit choosetemple.com.