Gov. Nikki Haley will be in the Upstate Friday as the Norfolk Southern Inspection Train rolls into the Inland Port in Greer.
She'll be one of many state officials attending a welcome reception for the train, which will be carrying Norfolk Southern executives. Norfolk Southern said the train is used by its executives to tour the railroad company's properties and meet with its employees throughout its 22-state territory.
The train is expected to pull into the Inland Port at 1:15 p.m. with the reception and remarks beginning at 2 p.m.
Also expected to be in attendance are Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority and Wick Moorman, the chairman, president and CEO of Norfolk Southern.
The Inland Port facility, owned and operated by SC Ports Authority, opened in Greer in October 2013 to improve the efficiency of international container movements between the Port of Charleston, the South Carolina Upstate and neighboring states.
In partnership with Norfolk Southern, the project utilizes an existing overnight train service to handle double-stack container trains to and from the Port of Charleston's seaport facilities. The SCIP is expected to convert an estimated 25,000 container movements from truck to rail in the first year of operation.
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