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Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad Welcomes New Customer


DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FLORIDA, January 18, 2021 – Tallahassee, FL based Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad (FGA) welcomes the newest customer to the family. Strategic Transload Services of Florida Panhandle, LLC (STS) began operations in DeFuniak Springs, FL in early January 2021. STS’s new facility is an ethanol transload; they receive railcars loaded with ethanol and transfer the product to trucks for final delivery at motor fuel blending terminals in the Florida panhandle. The site, a former Wayne Farms feed mill, has been dormant for over three years. STS’s investment and development of the site is expected to generate ancillary business in addition to their core ethanol transloading business.

“From the initial conversation through the final construction and facility opening, the FGA team listened to our needs, found options, expedited approvals and developed a service plan to quickly and safely bring the project from conception to completion.”

Von Friesen, Owner of Bio Trans Intermodal and principal behind STS

The new STS facility is an example of FGA’s commitment to finding creative logistics solutions and strengthening the rail service helping local businesses and people of the communities along the rail line.

About Florida Gulf & Atlantic, LLC

Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad, LLC (FGA) is a 286K GWR short line, serving the panhandle of Florida and southern Georgia. It operates 430 miles of track, running east/west along the I-10 corridor between Baldwin, FL and Pensacola, FL, with a branch line to Attapulgus, GA. FGA interchanges with CSX in both Baldwin and Pensacola and the AN Railway (AN) in Chattahoochee, FL. FGA services 30 customer locations, handling over 28,000 freight carloads per year. FGA began operations on June 1, 2019 after RailUSA purchased the line from CSX.

About RailUSA, LLC

RailUSA is an independent freight railroad and rail services holding company headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. The company is majority-owned and controlled by Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm of Sam Zell, and other EGI-led investors. RailUSA owns and operates two short line/regional railroads – Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad, which runs between Baldwin, FL, and Pensacola, FL, and Granada Railroad, which runs between Memphis, TN, and Canton, MS.

A train on the railway tracks with a conductor riding the last car.
FGA train crews arrive at STS in DeFuniak Springs, FL to deliver tank cars loaded with ethanol.
A train spotting tank railcars on one of seven railroad tracks at a new facility.
FGA train crew hauls away empty tank cars from STS in DeFuniak Springs, FL.

Cassie Dull
Chief Commercial Officer