CSX announced that the Wasden Road/I-65 Industrial Site in Montgomery, Alabama, has been designated a CSX Select Site.

“We are excited to add this 415-acre, manufacturing-zoned property to our Select Site program,” said Clark Robertson, assistant vice president, regional development, CSX. “Its strategic location near I-65 in an area of strong industrial demand, along with superior infrastructure, make this a compelling option for manufacturing firms looking to locate a facility in Alabama, and more specifically in the Montgomery area.”

Select Sites are locations for manufacturing facilities along the CSX network that can be developed quickly since standard land use issues and comprehensive due diligence items have been previously addressed. “Through the Select Site program, we can significantly reduce the time it takes for companies to evaluate a competitive site, and ultimately construct their facility and bring products to market,” said Robertson.

CSX introduced the Select Site program in 2012 to better serve customers by creating a certification program for premier, rail-served properties located on the CSX network. CSX partnered with The Austin Company, a nationally recognized site selection firm, to screen candidate sites and assist communities with the application and certification process.

“Few properties offer the combination of proximity to an interstate, over a mile of mainline frontage, and the necessary utility infrastructure already installed to the site,” said Jonathan Gemmen, senior location consultant, The Austin Company.

To receive CSX Select Site designation, the location must meet a rigorous list of criteria, including infrastructure and utility availability, environmental reviews, appropriate zoning and entitlement, air quality permitting, rail serviceability, proximity to highways or interstates, and other attributes. Once certified, the sites are featured on a new user-friendly web portal that includes press releases, promotional materials and direct marketing to site selection professionals.