Cordele Intermodal Services
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Cordele Intermodal Services, Inc. (CIS) is an asset-based third-party logistics (3PL) firm that provides direct rail access to Intermodal shipping exclusively to the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah, Georgia. CIS serves the SW quadrant of Georgia, the southern half of Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. The CIS facility is located one mile from I-75, a major north-south logistics corridor that passes through Atlanta. They are served by the Heart of Georgia Railroad, with access to both Class I Railroads in the region. (CSX and Norfolk Southern). CIS also has a trucking brokerage and a domestic trucking department in addition to its intermodal container handling division.
The concept for a rail-centric inland port was introduced by then Heart of Georgia Railroad co-owners, Brad Lafevers and Duane Broxterman. Early studies showed a strong potential for economic viability and extensive lobbying and sales efforts commenced. Cordele Intermodal Services incorporated in January, 2010 with a ground breaking ceremony in July of that year.
The following year, GDOT funded rail improvements that were essential to operation. On December 1, 2011, CIS sent its inaugural train to the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah, with eight containers. In the first year of operations CIS sent 1400 containers to GPA.
Cotton and kaolin were the only two commodities shipped in 2012. CIS picked up a contract with large peanut exporter for 2013. In summer 2013 CIS and GPA formed "Network Georgia", a network of inland ports that all exclusively serve the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah. This enabled CIS to add a plastics manufacturer in the same year. CIS hence more than doubled its business in 2013, handling 3,500 containers. Maersk Line, the largest container vessel line that calls Savannah, designated CIS an official Container Yard. OOCL, MSC and MOL also added CIS as a container pool yard.
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