The Ameripointe Logistics Hub in the Ardmore Industrial Airpark received word this month they received site certification from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.
Ameripointe COO Scott Pribula said a notification will go out to 250 site sectors throughout the United States and the site will be featured in a site selecting magazine, along with two other sites in Montana and New Mexico.
“This is a good feather in our cap,” Piribula told the Ardmore Development Authority.
Pribula said he believes this will be a nice segway into submitting information to the state to get the site certification designation, as well. ADA President and CEO Mita Bates previously told the board the site certifications will help as they go out and market the airpark to potential investors.
BNSF announced six new certified sites, including Ameripointe’s, in a press release on Wednesday.
“One of the way BNSF works to ensure the right solution is offered to each customer is by scouting potential sites for development in advance of customer inquiries,” said Colby Tanner, assistant vice president, Economic Development, in the release. “By doing the upfront leg work to confirm a site is rail-served and shovel-ready, BNSF’s Site Certification Program creates significant value for customers by accelerating the process needed to support customer growth and development.”
According to the release, the BNSF program allows the certified sites to use the “BNSF Certified Sites” distinction in marketing materials to attract new businesses. BNSF also actively markets the sites on its website and promotes the sites to the economic development industry across the country.
While the site certification was the good news, Pribula said the bad news was that there were some wetlands found out on the site. The ADA previously approved Blackbird Environmental, LLC to provide environmental services for the wetland delineation project at the airpark, not to exceed $5,700.
“The next thing that we have to determine is whose got jurisdiction over those wetlands,” Pribula said.
The wetlands were found in a section south of the loop and north of the old taxiway that Pribula described as a drainage ditch.
Amerpointe Logistics Hub is a 1,500 acre multi-modal facility that incorporates over eight miles of rail that ties into the BNSF mainline, a 9,000-foot runway with a federally controlled air tower and direct access to the I-35 Midwest corridor, according to Ameripoint’s website.
“A joint venture between Sovereign Oklahoma Development, LLC and Ardmore Development Authority, the airpark is suited to handle transload commodities, rail served buildings, air cargo and manufacturing and distribution clients,” the website states.