Advantages - Transportation

Air and Water Access

West Virginia's accessible public airport network effectively connects the state to the world. In less than an hour of flight time, passengers can arrive in Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Charlotte or Cincinnati. Additionally, a major transpark is under development to provide enhanced cargo and passenger service for the region. An extensive network of modern river terminals and public ports is being developed to enhance the benefits of low-cost river transportation. Companies located in the PAZ will be able to take advantage of inland ports and free trade zones.

Highway Access

Few regions are better served by the federal interstate highway system than the Polymer Alliance Zone, Inc. U.S. Route 50, a major four-lane highway, runs east/west connecting the west coast to the nation's capital and cutting through the heart of PAZ. U.S. Routes 33 and 35 serve as major trucking and motor freight routes to the Midwest and to primary markets along the Great Lakes, while I-77 serves the north/south corridors between Cleveland and Columbia.

With an eye toward the future, West Virginia voters recently passed a $550 million bond referendum to improve and expand roadway infrastructure.

Rail Road Access

The Polymer Alliance Zone, Inc is crisscrossed by rail lines to allow chemicals and other raw materials to be economically transported into the area. CSX and Conrail provide service to the PAZ, intersecting at a major switching station in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Transportation

The Polymer Alliance Zone, Inc proximity to markets is one of its most outstanding attributes. Situated at the very core of the nation, the PAZ offers overnight delivery to 66 percent of the United States population and 30 percent of the Canadian population.

West Virginia s ideal location and its modern transportation network enable plastics companies to ship products quickly and reliably at reasonable costs. The state's north/south and east/west interstates, commercial and general aviation airports, extensive waterways and railway systems all provide easy access to major markets.

CSX Transportation

CSX Transportation connects the Polymer Alliance Zone, Inc with safe, efficient rail service, linking PAZ members with customers and suppliers across its 21,000 mile rail system and, by connections, throughout America and the world. The environmentally friendly railroad has a long and proud history in West Virginia where its 1,700 employees are dedicated to providing world-class service while protecting the safety of the community and the environment.

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.

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