One of the most important aspects of Foundation Park is its access to the Burlington, Northern & Santa Fe (BNSF) national rail network. Now Phase One of the largest Sioux Falls industrial park has received Site Certification by BNSF Railway. BNSF certification ensures a site is ready for rapid acquisition and development through a comprehensive evaluation of existing and projected infrastructure, environmental and geotechnical standards, utility evaluation and site availability.
Foundation Park contains a total of 820 acres with BNSF Railway bisecting the park. The southern parcel, designated Phase One, is ideally suited for larger manufacturers that require rail service. The first occupant of Foundation Park, Win Chill, is currently constructing a $45 million facility in that sector of the park. Rail service was an essential element in the company’s selection of Foundation Park as the location of its new flash freezing and distribution plant.
“From its inception, Foundation Park has been positioned to provide a unique combination of transportation connections to new and expanding companies,” said Dean Dziedzic, interim president of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. “Achieving BNSF Site Certification is a vital step in preparing the park for the next phase of development and paving the way for other operations to locate there.”
BNSF Certified Sites are part of the Premier Parks, Sites and Transload program. This strategic approach addresses the increasing demand for customer site locations by developing various types of facilities across the BNSF network. BNSF Certified Sites have been reviewed by an industry expert in order to ensure accurate, reliable data. BNSF’s goal is to provide an inventory of rail-served sites that are available for immediate development, according to company officials.
For more information, contact Dean Dziedzic, Interim President, Sioux Falls Development Foundation, 605-339-0103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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