TCW marks major milestone in Pooler

By Mary Carr Mayle

For the Savannah Morning News

With the turn of ceremonial shovels Wednesday afternoon, Nashville-based Tennessee Commercial Warehouse marked the beginning of construction on its new Savannah terminal just off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway.

“This is our 25th year in the Savannah area, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate that milestone than with a new facility,” said CEO Scott George, who thanked the Pooler City Council and Mayor Mike Lamb for creating a business-friendly environment.

“We are truly excited about our new home in Pooler and look forward to being good citizens and neighbors in the community,” he said.

TCW’s 30-acre terminal footprint will consist of three buildings, including a cross-dock and office, a maintenance facility and guard house, as well as a fueling station on a greenfield site.

West Construction Co., a Savannah-based general contractor specializing in industrial and commercial construction, has begun working the site, removing the top 18 inches of soil, which will be used to build a 25-foot berm along the property’s western border. Two feet of

structural fill will be hauled on-site, and more than 20 acres of concrete and asphalt paving will be installed.

The project will be finished with site lighting and landscaping improvements, said West Construction president Matt West.

George thanked West, project manager Matthew Schivera and the rest of the construction team, as well as engineer Terry Coleman and architect Brian Felder “for taking our concept and making it a reality.”

West said his company was proud to be part of the project.

“After working with the TCW team, it’s easy to see why they’re so successful,” West said. “We look forward to a safe and successful project and to cutting the ribbon for TCW next spring.”

TCW began in 1948 as a small family owned warehousing business in Tennessee. While it remains family-owned, with the third generation at the helm, TCW has grown exponentially.

Now ranked among the largest intermodal operations in the country, TCW and its subsidiary, Tennessee Express, hold both contract and common carrier authority, serving all points within the continental United States.

In the Southeast, TCW offers a network of transportation services, with operations at nine inland terminals and three port locations — Savannah, Charleston, and Wilmington, N.C.

George credits his company’s success with staying true to its original philosophy.

“TCW has changed in many ways during the past six decades,” he said, “but the fundamentals have stayed the same.

“We know and value our customers and offer quality, professional service tailored to each customer’s requirements. Most importantly, we’re willing to go out of our way to get the job done.”