BNSF Railway Company (BNSF), Hillwood and Packwell announced on April 5, 2016 that they have agreed on a framework for construction of a new plastics export packaging facility in the rail-connected Alliance Westport industrial sector, located within the 18,000-acre, master-planned, mixed-use AllianceTexas development in north Fort Worth, Tex.

The collaboration between Hillwood, BNSF and Packwell is expected to greatly benefit producers of plastic resins by creating a more cost-effective and efficient supply chain solution for producers who require high volumes of exports to multiple global destinations.

According to Packwell, the vision for this new facility is based on having access to all the key parts of the supply chain that will create a new value for plastics packaging and export routing.

"We understand the complexities of this new supply chain model and expect to expand our business model by leveraging the natural advantages of this relationship with Hillwood and BNSF,” said Packwell President Al Duran. “The AllianceTexas facility is ideally located to ensure the abundance of empty containers and also the ability to ‘heavy’ load export containers. The Fort Worth packaging location will facilitate a quick turnaround of railcars back to the plastics producers.”

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Resin packaging company Packwell said it will build an export packaging facility in Texas in partnership with freight transportation company BNSF and industrial developer Hillwood.

The plastics export hub will be located at the 18,000-acre mixed-use AllianceTexas development near Fort Worth, and will serve as part of the company’s new global supply chain route. Construction is due to begin this year and is expected to strengthen breakbulk and multimodal transport demand in the North Texas region.

“The advantage of a facility at AllianceTexas is that it offers superior rail connectivity, access to the largest array of ocean steamship lines, and we can deliver the facility to Packwell in time to support the rapidly increasing demand,” said Hillwood president Mike Berry.

The facility will ultimately form a key part of the Alliance Global Logistics Hub, which is expected to improve links to international markets for breakbulk providers as well as faster interchange to the east in Chicago, to the west via several West Coast sea ports or to the north into Canada.

In total, 27 polyethylene expansions have been announced for North America, which are expected to add a net 34 billion pounds of capacity. This equates to a 75 percent increase over current capacity of roughly 45 billion pounds.

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