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Greer could soon be home to 'inland port'

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A train crosses at a railroad crossing in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina) A train crosses at a railroad crossing in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greer could soon become home to an "inland port," according to city leaders.

Greer Mayor Rick Danner said officials are still in negotiations with the South Carolina State Ports Authority for the $23.5 million project.

The port would use trains by Norfolk Southern Railway to ship goods and supplies for companies in the Upstate to the Port of Charleston and back. Danner said companies like BMW and Michelin could use the port.

The facility will likely be built on the dozens of acres already owned by the state Port Authority near the intersection of state Highway 290 and J. Verne Smith Parkway.

Danner said the port would be built using a combination of private and public funds. He said it will bring new jobs to the area, but the number of jobs was not immediately released.

Planners hope to have the port operational by next year, Danner said.

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