The Industrial Park of Minot now holds the distinction of being the first location in North Dakota to earn the BNSF Railway Company’s Certified Site designation, a step that will make it that much easier for businesses interested in connecting to rail lines in Minot. The recognition of this distinction was addressed today at the Minot Area Development Corporation offices by MADC President and CEO Stephanie Hoffart.
"Having this coveted designation truly shows the business opportunities and business friendly environment that is present here in Minot and opens up doors for business growth in our region," said Hoffart. "Our team has worked closely with BNSF to secure a rail spur into the Industrial Park for existing and future businesses, which was installed earlier this year. Having the BNSF Certified Site designation and the spur means that incoming businesses can cut considerable time off construction when moving here, lowering their overall costs and improving their bottom line."
According to BNSF, since the Industrial Park of Minot is a Certified Site, businesses looking to locate to Minot could save six to nine months of construction time because of this analysis. This includes an evaluation of environmental and geotechnical standards, available utilities, site availability and existing and projected infrastructure. There are only 12 other sites in the country that have earned this distinction from BNSF.
"The Industrial Park of Minot is BNSF’s first Certified Site in North Dakota and strategically located at the heart of our Great Northern corridor," said Colby Tanner, Assistant Vice President, BNSF Economic Development. "BNSF’s northern route serves agricultural production in the northern plains and is the gateway to the Bakken region, making Minot a perfect fit for both agricultural and industrial customers looking for direct-rail access."
The Industrial Park of Minot is an 800-acre park in northeast Minot with an anchor tenant in AGT Foods. 386 acres of the park is served by rail and is the portion that has been certified by BNSF as ready for the development of rail-served businesses. Along with the direct access to BNSF railway lines, the Industrial Park of Minot has convenient access to three U.S. highways, CP rail lines and is zoned heavy industrial. Along with the Industrial Park of Minot being the first in the state to earn this distinction, the next closest BNSF Certified Site is more than 500 miles away.
Representatives who joined MADC at the announcement today included Chuck Barney, Minot Mayor; Tom Barry, Minot City Manager; John Schneider, Economic Development and Finance Division Director for the North Dakota Department of Commerce; Justin Pearson, BNSF Regional Manager; Minot Area Development Corporation Board Members and other city leaders.