Positioning Our Railroads and Our Customers for the Future
Many years ago when we started operations at our railroads we understood the tremendous potential offered by the Raritan Center and Cumberland Valley Business Parks as regional hubs for rail and logistics services. With it becoming increasingly difficult to situate heavy manufacturing and light industry in Northeast towns and cities, exclusive logistics parks are the best solution for companies looking to relocate or expand operations. We continually dedicate ourselves to becoming the best at what we do: offering personalized, best practice, responsive rail services combined with site selection services and onsite, industry-leading, 3PL partners in each of the parks we serve. By combining the features of the parks we serve with targeted marketing efforts and a continued expansion and enhancement of our railroads, we have created a model for success.
We are excited about our latest major expansion at Raritan Center: AriZona Beverages USA construction of a major new bottling plant with direct Raritan Central Railway access. No less important are smaller expansions, such as CertainTeed’s adding of warehouse and reload space at Northfield Avenue, as they illustrate their commitment to bringing world class logistics service to their customers.
As always, please feel free to call me at any time if you have questions about our services and how they may benefit your operations. I thank you all for your continued business.
Eyal Shapira, President
Arizona Beverages USA Begins Construction of a New Bottling Facility
A 600,000 s/f Rail Served Facility in Raritan Center
The Raritan Central Railway will soon be welcoming another major customer to its operations at the Raritan Center Business Park. AriZona Beverages USA has begun construction of a new $40+ million dollar, 600,000 square-foot bottling facility adjacent to its current 470,000-square-foot facility at 30 Clearview Road in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The modern, rail-served plant will support AriZona’s expanding operations in the region and will boost its Raritan Center footprint to over one million square feet.
AriZona Beverages USA will brew and package teas and other drinks, and also ship product directly from the new facility. With the expansion, AriZona will employ nearly 300 people at Raritan Center.
Once the new plant is fully on-line, materials used in the manufacture of the beverages and containers, such as corn syrup, will be arriving by rail. As the construction project progresses, a part of our existing Clearview Road lead will be lengthened and rebuilt to handle the additional traffic. New sidings will also be built to serve the plant and handle the different materials arriving by rail. The new and rebuilt trackage will allow the Raritan Central switching crews to fully meet the needs of the AriZona Beverages USA with prompt, personalized services. With the new traffic the Clearview lead will be one of the busiest on the railroad as it already serves the major Home Depot distribution center.
The construction of the AriZona Beverages USA new bottling facility is a great example of how major companies are situating manufacturing and distribution facilities at the Raritan Center Business Park. Rail served businesses within the park continues to grow and succeed because of the park’s strategic location and excellent rail and highway access.