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Baytown: Trammell Crow, Artis REIT Launch Rail-Served Distribution Facility

Feature Photo (above): A TGS Construction & Maintenance crew doing civil work in 2016 on one of its available sites in the Cedar Port Industrial Park. Image: Google Streets.

Posted: 9-25-2018

Baytown (Harris County)Trammell Crow Company and Artis REIT announced Monday the start of construction on a 519,224-square-foot rail-served distribution facility for Plastic Bagging & Packaging Inc., an international producer of plastic bagging and provider of packaging services.

The new build-to-suit facility will be located in the TGS Cedar Port Industrial Park on the east end of Baytown, and is considered part of Greater Houston. Cedar Port is the largest master-planned rail-and-barge-served industrial park in the United States, spanning 15,000 acres.

The building, rail improvements and rail bridge are being constructed by EE Reed Construction LP, Trans-Global Solutions and Christensen Bridge & Rail, respectively. The facility design team includes Powers Brown Architecture, Landev, Kimley-Horn, RITC, Binkley & Barfield, and Bihner Chen.

Dallas-based TCC and Winnipeg, Canada-based Artis are partners on the project. The have scheduled their facility to open the summer of 2019.

Daniella Dell’Oglio, owner of PBP, said in a prepared statement, “Gulf Coast chemical companies are continuing to ramp up resin production, reaching an estimated 54 million metric tons per year by 2020, much of which will be exported outside North America. Our new, state-of-the-art facility has been designed to serve this rapidly growing market.”

Architectural rendering of the planned PBP manufacturing and distribution facility in TGS Cedar Port Industrial Park. Courtesy: TCC.

Architectural rendering of the planned PBP manufacturing and distribution facility in TGS Cedar Port Industrial Park. Courtesy: TCC.

The form, fill and seal production line will be capable of processing 70 tons of resin per hour. The line will be housed in a facility featuring 32-foot clear-height space, 60-foot speed bays, a 65-foot clear-height roof pop-up for an indoor silo, and 8,000 square feet of office space.

About 9,500 feet of track will be installed for use by PBP to store and switch rail cars. The facility is served by Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

An affiliate of Artis REIT acquired the land this past spring. Jim Pratt and Mike Taetz with the real estate services firm Colliers International represented PBP in the transaction.

TCC is the project developer.

TCC Vice President George Farish, Houston office, said, “We are pleased that PBP and Artis REIT have entrusted Trammell Crow Company to manage the development of this important and complex project at the epicenter of the Resins Corridor. We have rolled up our sleeves and worked through a wide range of technical requirements that will ultimately result in a best-in-class rail-served distribution facility.

“We look forward to completing the building for PBP’s occupancy next summer.”

The mid-section of the master plan map of the TGS Cedar Port Industrial Park. The PBP facility will be off Grand Parkway in a rail served industrial/distribution site. Courtesy: TGS.

The mid-section of the master plan map of the TGS Cedar Port Industrial Park. The PBP facility will be off Grand Parkway in a rail served industrial/distribution site. Courtesy: TGS.

According to the Journal of Commerce, Houston handles nearly 40 percent of U.S. synthetic resins exports and the city’s officials have been implementing expansion plans to keep up with competition and increasing demand. Houston received an assist from the state Legislature in 2017 when a bill was passed to increase gross weights from 84,000-pounds for haulers up to 93,000 pounds for six-axle and 100,000 pounds for seven-axle trucks.

The changes allow 40-foot containers to be fully loaded with resins, which was not possible under the old limit.


This article was edited from a TCC press release.

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