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Dulany, Greenfield to develop deepwater industrial site

  • Reed Dulany III of Dulany Industries; Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal; and Marc Weinreich of Greenfield Environmental Trust announced the new SeaPoint Deepwater Industrial Terminal Complex on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of SeaPoint)

Savannah has a new deepwater site ready to locate manufacturers and logistics companies.

Dulany Industries and the Greenfield Environmental Trust Group announced Thursday afternoon the new SeaPoint Deepwater Industrial Terminal Complex. Governor Nathan Deal also stopped by for the announcement.

The 755-acre site is located on the Savannah River and has “significant” in-place infrastructure, officials said.

The site features a mile of private deepwater frontage along the main Savannah River shipping channel as well as Class I rail service on site with access to the Georgia Ports Authority and interstates 95 and 16.

Reed Dulany III, president and CEO of Dulany Industries, said the the site is build-ready and has heavy-duty utility infrastructure in place, including a 60,000-square foot Research & Development building, roads, 30-45MW electricity, natural gas, steam, water treatment, fire protection and water, among many other assets.

At its peak in the early 2000s, the SeaPoint site was home to the largest electrical consumer in Chatham County and employed more than 1,000 individuals with high-wage jobs.

“SeaPoint has the opportunity to bring this type of success back for our state, and our region,” Dulany said, “but in the most environmentally responsible manner possible.”

The complex is located on the site of the former Kemira plant in Savannah. The complex offers co-location infrastructure savings. Shared services include use of an existing office complex, warehousing, security, rail, deep water terminal operations, by-product steam, logistical services, maintenance services and more.

A major industrial plant is already located on-site, which can provide companies with competitively priced key raw ingredients and low-cost steam — products that are often essential to manufacturing.

“Manufacturers and logistical companies will have direct access to a comprehensive network of infrastructure services and unique assets not found anywhere else,” Dulany said. “Logistics companies can gain direct access to significant deepwater assets while manufacturing companies can benefit from these same logistical synergies as well as enjoy tremendous savings and ease of operations, allowing them to focus on their core business objectives.”

The creation of SeaPoint is the result of a collaborative effort between Dulany Industries, Greenfield Environmental Trust Group and the Trust’s beneficiaries, of which Georgia Environmental Protection Division acts as the lead agency. Greenfield Environmental Trust Group, a nationally recognized brownfield redevelopment company, took over the site after the Tronox bankruptcy in 2009 and has shepherded it through a maze of issues to its ultimate goal of cleaning up the site and putting it back to productive use.

At the closing of the SeaPoint sale, Dulany Industries and Greenfield Environmental Trust Group also deeded 728 acres of tidal marshland to the State of Georgia, including 26 acres of upland property surrounding Old Fort Jackson that will provide a buffer for the historic nineteenth-century fort in perpetuity. SeaPoint’s plans also include a solar farm on-site, which is already under construction and directly ties into the company’s focus on environmental stewardship.

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