Watco Supply Chain Services is the Minot Area Development Corporation’s (MADC) newest tenant at the Industrial Park of Minot. A Watco Companies subsidiary, the Arkansas-based division provides efficient, cost-effective supply chain solutions for their customers.
The company’s agreement with MADC was executed in late 2018, to lease 76 acres of land at the industrial park in northeast Minot for two years. The land is being used as a staging and deployment location for a future wind turbine development. Wind turbine components arrived via truck and rail, were offloaded, and placed on bunks on the ground. The 680 total components, including tower sections, hubs, and blades, are scheduled to remain there until they’re assigned to the 89-unit wind farm.
This contract is a direct result of the Industrial Park of Minot earning BNSF Railway’s stamp of approval as a Certified Site in fall 2017. “The decision to pursue site certification wasn’t an easy sell. Time and resources had to be diverted to complete the intensive screening process,” said MADC President and CEO Stephanie Hoffart. “Our contract with Watco Supply Chain Services is a strong representation of the return on investment realized from being vetted by BNSF Railway.”
BNSF Railway currently has 18 sites in their select inventory; the Industrial Park of Minot is the only Certified Site in North Dakota.
Barth West, vice president of Operations & Rail Logistics for Watco Supply Chain Services, emphasized the importance of identifying key partnerships. “It is Watco’s obligation to devise and implement solid business solutions for our customers. A key element in this process is to locate and build strong relationships with great partners such as MADC and the entire Minot community.” West indicated there is potential for expansion in the local market. “We would also like to thank MADC, current MADC tenants, and local businesses for the partnerships and hospitality. We hope to grow our wind energy footprint in the Minot area.”
Watco Companies, is the largest, privately held, rail-based entity in the United States.