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Meat processing company Smithfield Foods recently
held a grand opening for its 500,000-square-foot distribution center located in Tar Heel, N.C. The new facility
will help the company optimize its transportation and
distribution network to reduce fuel consumption,
cut transportation costs, and improve delivery times.
… Real estate merchant banking firm Dekel Capital
has arranged $34.3 million in construction financing
on behalf of Texas-based industrial developer Xebec
for a speculative 537,000-square-foot Class-A logistics
facility in Lakeland, Fla. … Crane Worldwide Logistics,
a supply chain solutions company, has announced
the opening of a new facility in Savannah, Ga. The
facility, which is strategically located near the Port of
Savannah, will consist of two buildings totaling more
than 500,000 square feet.
As autonomous vehicle technology moves closer to general
use, researchers in Florida are nearly finished developing a
test track where engineers can safely unleash driverless cars,
business leaders said recently.
In an announcement at the Florida Autonomous Vehicle
Summit, developers released the latest sketches of the planned
2.25-mile-long “Sun Trax” test track at a 475-acre plot in Polk
County, located midway between Orlando and Tampa. The
$42 million oval track represents a long-term partnership
between the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s
Turnpike Enterprise, and Florida Polytechnic University.
The Florida track will be the latest site designed for
unmanned car testing. In 2017, the U.S. Department of
Transportation designated 10 “proving ground pilot sites,”
including the Michigan Technical Resource Park in Ottawa
Lake, Mich., and GoMentum Station in Concord, Calif.
Slated for completion by spring 2021, Florida’s Sun Trax
facility will be available for preliminary rental use this spring,
offering what officials call the only high-speed autonomous
vehicle testing facility in the Southeastern U.S.
Visitors testing their experimental cars at the site will be
able to choose from various environments on the 200-acre
infield area. The design is intended to challenge autonomous
vehicles by requiring them to navigate obstacles like an
urban area (with shipping containers used to replicate buildings), a suburban area, and an airport pickup/dropoff area,
Opening date nears for Florida’s
SunTrax autonomous vehicle