West Virginia is strategically located on the East Coast.
Direct access without the inconveniences.
West Virginia is located in the heart of Appalachia and offers access to major metropolitan areas including Washington, DC, New York City, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Raleigh, Columbus, Chicago, Lexington and Atlanta – without the big city inconveniences. West Virginia’s location puts business and industry within an eight-hour driving distance to half of the U.S. population and a third of the Canadian market.
Global gateway in the heart of West Virginia.
West Virginia is also home to a newly constructed road-to-rail cargo transfer station, known as the Heartland Intermodal Gateway. Located in Prichard, West Virginia, the site was strategically selected as it sits exactly one mile from the center point of the Norfolk Southern Heartland Corridor.
The Heartland Intermodal Gateway spans across 100 acres of land. In addition to the neighboring Norfolk Southern rail line, the facility has direct access to U.S. Route 52, I-64, U.S. Route 23 and is located along the I-73/I-74 Corridor and Big Sandy River.
The facility is operated by Parsec and offers state-of-the-art equipment and services, including:
- A weigh in motion (WIM) scale
- Two Tier IV Diesel Taylor Reach Stackers to accommodate containers ranging from 20 to 53 feet
- Gated entrance and exit
- Motion-detecting PTZ cameras onsite
- 24/7 remote access viewing for site security to ensure shipments are safe and secure
The Heartland Intermodal Gateway offers substantial cost savings, as companies that ship through the facility are projected to save more than $600 per container, when compared to direct trucking to the Port of Virginia. The facility also is projected to reduce private sector logistics costs by approximately $17.5 million annually by 2025.
West Virginia is conveniently connected to the East Coast and Continental U.S. by an intricate system of railways, waterways and highways.
West Virginia offers nearly 420 miles of navigable waterways, with five navigable rivers connecting to international shipping ports. Economic hotspots have developed along the six major interstates that run through our state, in particular the I-81 corridor. And between connections with Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation, West Virginia has more than 1,900 route miles of railroads.
Small city protection, big city value.
West Virginia is outside the federal blast zone and insulated from natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
Our location, coupled with our connections, make global access easy in West Virginia. Let our strategic location work for you.