This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. With 17 distribution entities on six continents, the PMI Foods group sources, sells, and distributes globally roughly 2.5 billion pounds of protein annually. Darin Parker of PMI Foods is here to tell us about his perspective on how an inland port will add value to Utah’s economy.


We have been talking about the economic benefits of having an inland port in Utah for a few years now. Being the crossroads of the West, Salt Lake City sits on the intersection of Interstates 80 and 15. We have a new international airport and an extensive railway system. Interstate shipping is already happening across Utah’s transportation infrastructure, and, frankly, we aren’t capitalizing on it.

An inland port with export, import, and customs clearance and inspection capabilities will create new jobs and attract new businesses to Utah. We need to think big. With all the federal spending on infrastructure in the State, we need our leaders to invest some of those dollars in building port facilities to accommodate sustainable growth for decades to come. The inland port will provide both established and emerging businesses with cross-town access to international markets.


Utah’s economy leads the nation, and with the inland port we will set the standard for years to come. Learn more about PMI Foods at I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, and this is Speaking on Business.