Randolph County Economic Development

1 Taylor Street

Chester, Illinois 62233

618.826.5000 Ext 221

618.826.3363 Fax econdev@randolphco.org


Rail Cars and Barges Pass Under the Chester Bridge

Highway • Rail • Water • Air

Some communities are limited when it comes to shipping options for inbound supplies and outbound goods. Randolph County's prime location at the confluence of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers offers a choice of low-cost and environmentally friendly shipping options. Nine Illinois highways traverse Randolph County, and Interstate 55 is just minutes away. The Chester Bridge provides the only route over the Mississippi from the St. Louis metro area all the way south to Cape Giradeau. You save time and money.


You can ship rail via the Canadian National, Mo Pac, the Illinois Central and the great Union Pacific. Baking ingredients like sugar and flour are shipped here. Coal and grains. Fertilizer and corn sweeteners.

The vessels of Southern Illinois Transfer barge scrubber stone up the Kaskaskia River to Prairie State Energy Campus to facilitate generation of electricity. They take steel to The Material Works at Baldwin. SITCO brings farm grains down river for shipping to all corners of the world and soon ... they will serve the new Kaskaskia Regional Port District facility at Fayetteville. More and more companies are realizing that barge shipping is the most efficient and environmentally friendly route to market.

Air shipping is served by Hunter Field in Sparta and St. Louis International Airport is just an hour away.




Grow It ...


Make It ...


Mine It ...


Then Ship It ...


 Anywhere in the World from Randolph County