Officials celebrate grand opening of Savage’s new rail transloading facility in Iron County

Iron County Commissioner Mike Bleak speaks during the grand opening ceremony for the Savage transload facilty, Cedar City, Utah, June 7, 2024 | Photo courtesy of Savage, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Officials recently celebrated the grand opening of Savage’s new transload facility, which will provide transload services between trucks and railcars, on-site storage for shippers, and direct access to Union Pacific Railroad. 

Officials cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the Savage transload facilty, Cedar City, Utah, June 7, 2024 | Photo courtesy of Savage, St. George News / Cedar City News

Joining Savage company officials at the grand opening ceremony on Friday morning were elected officials from Iron County and Cedar City, representatives from Utah Inland Port Authority, local business leaders and other members of the community.

Located a short distance to the east from Iron Springs Road at 6635 W. Sage Hills Drive, the facility includes 70 railcar spots available for transloading a wide variety of materials and products including dimensional freight, dry and liquid bulk, hazardous materials and food-grade products. 

“By connecting area businesses and agriculture producers to broader national and global markets, this latest addition to the Savage Transload Network will help optimize supply chains, drive regional economic growth, bolster industry efficiency and foster sustainable transportation solutions,” states a company news release announcing the ribbon-cutting.

“We’re excited to connect Iron County and Southern Utah communities to the national rail network at our new transload facility and create more efficient and sustainable supply chains, with rail providing a more environmentally friendly alternative to long-haul trucking,” said Jason Ray, president of Savage’s infrastructure sector. 

Utah Inland Port Authority Executive Director Ben Hart speaks during the grand opening ceremony for the Savage transload facilty, Cedar City, Utah, June 7, 2024 | Photo courtesy of Savage, St. George News / Cedar City News

Improved access to rail transportation will also make Cedar City, St. George and surrounding communities more attractive for businesses looking to expand in the region, supporting job creation and sustainable economic growth, Ray added.

“We appreciate the local, state and federal leaders whose support has been instrumental to the success of this project,” he said.

Officials said the new development is considered an integral part of Utah Inland Port Authority’s  Iron Springs Inland Port Project Area, focusing on fostering sustainable economic growth and logistics efficiency.

“The Utah Inland Port Authority is dedicated to enhancing Utah’s position in the global supply chain network,” said Ben Hart, executive director for the Utah Inland Port Authority. 

“The addition of this new Savage transload facility to our logistics capabilities is a key component of our strategy,” Hart added. “It demonstrates our commitment to facilitating economic growth while fostering environmental sustainability in transportation.”

“This new railport in Iron County is a tremendous opportunity to expand services for our trucking and industrial businesses,” said

Cedar City Mayor Garth O. Green said this new railport provides a tremendous opportunity to expand services for trucking and industrial businesses.

“Companies like Savage are leading the way and we look forward to all that’s to come,” Green added.

Iron County Commissioner Mike Bleak also spoke and said the opening of this transload facility is a landmark event for the county.

“It promises not only to create jobs but also to integrate Iron County more deeply into the national economic fabric,” he said.

Map of Savage’s nationwide transload network, including its newest location in Cedar City, Utah, which opened on June 7, 2024 | Image courtesy of Savage, St. George News / Cedar City News

According to the news release, Savage Cedar City Transload is now operational and ready to support the growth and expansion of industries throughout Southern Utah and the surrounding region. To discuss business opportunities, contact Brig Skoy, Savage Director of Terminal Development, via email or phone

Established in 1946, Savage is a privately held, global provider of supply chain infrastructure and solutions, with more than 4,000 team members in about 200 locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. For more information, visit the company’s website.

Additional information about Cedar City’s inland port and related business opportunities can be obtained from Utah Inland Port Authority and/or the Cedar City and Iron County Office of Economic Development.

Written by Jeff Hymas, director of public affairs for Savage.

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