Adams Industries Inc. in Sidney has taken over part of an old World War II Army munitions depot, creating 700,000 square feet of indoor warehouse space and more than 500 acres of outdoor storage. The property is close to I-80 and is served by both the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads. In fact, the company has just been designated a BNSF Premier Transload Partner.

This facility has become popular for distribution into Colorado’s Front Range, says Richard Baier, director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. “Adams has attracted significant attention because of the on-site dual rail, trucking capacity, and available vacant buildings.”

Among other uses, Adams is transporting specialty pipe, used in the natural gas industry, from ocean ports in Texas to this inland port via rail, says Larry Johnson, president of the Nebraska Trucking Association. From there, Adams transports the pipes by truck to their final destination. “Adams can keep the shipments on the largest vehicle longer and transport them to a central point,” Johnson says. The wind energy industry is also discovering Adams as a central site from which to distribute components used in wind turbines to surrounding states such as Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa.