Rural System's

The Warehouse Group

Fossil energy availability (for many reasons) looms as a major near-future problem. Transportation is a fundamental social issue for food, water, housing and most human needs require transportation - primary or secondary. As part of an efficient transportation system, there are needs for temporary storage (e.g., to acquire a full cost-effective load; to hold as prices and legal issues are clarified; to stabilize product flow in a manufacturing process.

In Rural System work the needs for storing lumber while it dries a processing area and hardly a warehouse. Needs also exist for Alpha Earth, moss-related products, and other products. Silo rental may be an option for some products. Also refrigeration and specialty areas are needed while best prices are sought for buying or selling processed meats, coal, grain, and other products.

There are many areas of the region generally unsuited for forestry or agriculture. These may be former waste or polluted areas or they may be areas with excessively high costs for profitable operation areas. Their most suitable use is as a warehouse, parking or storage areas, of a openings for scenic vistas.

Buy non-perishables when prices are low
and warehouse them for higher prices than in local areas ... a value-adding tactic
The region has several major highways, is near major population centers and warehouse opportunities exist. The need to be marketed and utilized. Long term storage may be suitable on strip-mine benches. Some storage may best be beside railroads. The highest and best use of some lands may not be in their restoration but as the warehouse.

This enterprise uses GIS to locate such areas, promote them to counties, suggest them and parts of other areas as warehouses, and sell warehousing service to enterprises and exporters.

Herein the emphasis is on the area and not the structure but when and where funds may become available for capital investment, the concepts are relevant.

Rural System
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
July 1, 2005