“Things are breaking right for Rocky Mount and vicinity. Speed to market is all the rage. Because of its location, Rocky Mount is poised to become a logistics powerhouse. It sits astride two major north-south corridors on the Eastern Seaboard – Interstate 95 and the CSX “A” line from Florida to New York.

Rocky Mount is an hour from a major buyer of consumer goods, the Raleigh-Durham market. The Connector also is now one more argument for turning U.S. 64 and 17 into Interstate 87 to Hampton Roads and its sprawling port, one of the nation’s busiest. It is also an argument for extending tracks from Duplin County to Castle Hayne, to shorten the trip by rail from Rocky Mount to our Wilmington port.

With any luck, the Connector will attract warehouses and manufacturers to add to the new Corning distribution center, and the mammoth Triangle Tyre factory that will be built, if tensions with China can ease up for a minute, please, on 400 acres of Edgecombe County’s Kingsboro megasite.

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Article written by Business North Carolina Author Dan Barkin