Governor Tom Wolf joined state and local leaders in celebration of Philadelphia’s first new port terminal in more than 45 years during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Southport Auto Terminal.
“The new vehicle processing center is just one step in my Port Development Plan, which is generating long-lasting economic growth in southeastern Pennsylvania by making Philadelphia the best place to ship and receive goods on the East Coast,” said Gov. Wolf. “This terminal alone will stimulate an estimated $124 million in economic activity, as well as create as many as 2,500 good, family-sustaining jobs.”
Four years ago, Gov. Wolf released his Port Development Plan, which outlined a strategy to redevelop underutilized areas of PhilaPort with more than $300 million in investments. Since then, five new super post-Panamax cranes have been installed and the port’s container capacity has been doubled, allowing PhilaPort to set a record for its highest ever monthly total cargo tonnage. Also underway is an overhaul of Tioga Marine Terminal, which includes the construction of a 100,000 square foot on-dock warehouse.
Southport Auto Terminal increases PhilaPort’s daily auto processing capability from 600 to 1,000 vehicles, with space for 350,000 autos per year. The 155-acre site was raised above the 100-year flood plain using fill, and features two car washes, heated floors, a state-of-the-art body shop and access to rail lines serviced by multiple rail carriers. Vehicle manufacturers Hyundai and Kia currently process vehicles at the port through facilities operator Glovis America, Inc.