Editor’s Note: This is an opinion column.
By Paul DeMarco
Businesses and consumers alike are still dealing with the supply chain problems across the Nation that have left so many store shelves empty of merchandise.
While there has been a lot of discussion on how to solve the current problems with moving products to market, Alabama has already seen an increase in traffic through the Port of Alabama in Mobile.
With a recent announcement by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, the state is poised to make even more headway into becoming a major shipping hub in the future.
Ivey recently announced a new railway upgrade from the Port to central Alabama that will enhance the infrastructure for new and existing economic development projects.
The $231.6 million program will upgrade freight and intermodal rail yards to increase access for freight containers to be transported to and from the port and be delivered by rail to manufacturers and warehouses across the state.
Alabama’s central geography puts it in an important location for companies to get their products to market. Almost 25 years ago, Mercedes chose Alabama to put its North American Plant in the state. This has drawn other manufacturers to build or distribute within the borders of Alabama. There is a need now more than ever to make the state more accessible.
Alabama’s port has already seen an increase this past year in business, and with this new project coming online, it will allow even more capacity for our state to become an integral asset in the country’s supply chain.
Paul DeMarco is a native of Alabama and a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives.