Partners Warehouse is a freight-transportation provider thatprocesses rail-to-truck and truck-to-rail bulk cargo shipments.According to the company, its current 150,000-sf freightdistribution facility in southwest suburban Hodgkins, IL, which isalso served by BNSF, is outdated and too small. Partners' futurefacility at CenterPoint Intermodal will have direct access to theBNSF intermodal yard, including a double-rail spur into thebuilding, providing 14 double-dock doors from which 28 rail carscan be loaded or unloaded at the same time.

When the intermodal facility is completed in the summer of 2002,the center will be the only industrial business park in the metroarea with intermodal facilities on site. Union Pacific will alsohave access to the park.

CenterPoint COO Mike Mullen cites a number of industriesinterested in the park's rail capabilities, including papercompanies, plastic makers, chemical concerns and food handlers."Some companies may use train car loads of different plastics," heexplains, "for example, different kinds of plastics at differenttimes of the day. That kind of company would be interested in aplace where it can all be handled efficiently."

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