The South Avenue “O” Terminal, opened in 1973, is S. H. Bell Company’s second largest warehouse facility and is a U. S. Customs Bonded warehouse. The site consists 7 buildings totaling approximately 230,000 square feet of indoor warehousing space. The terminal operates as a storage, transfer and warehousing facility capable of material processing, crushing, screening and packaging of materials.

This terminal is located along the east bank of the Calumet River at milepost 331.1 in Chicago, Illinois. The entire site covers approximately 36 acres of land having seven covered storage buildings for inside storage requirements of bulk and packaged products. It also has extensive outside asphalt and concrete storage pads for outside storage requirements.

The daily operations of the terminal are managed by:

Terminal Manager – Paul Chepela
Customer Service Specialist – Tara Olivero

S. H. Bell Company Chicago – Ave. “O” Facility
10218 South Ave. “O”
Chicago, IL 60617

Directions: Facility Entrance Directions

Phone: 1-773-375-1010

For rate information contact the Sales Department at the Pittsburgh Administrative office:

Sales Administration Specialist – Dana Spillar
Senior Account Manager – Stacy Seltzer
Executive Vice President & COO – Adam Bell

Phone: 1-412-963-9910

Material Handling

This terminal has the capability to handle bulk and packaged products such as:

  • Ferro Alloys
  • Pig Iron
  • Silicon Carbide
  • Silicon Metal
  • Fluorspar
  • Primary Metals (zinc, aluminum, tin, copper and nickel)
  • Magnesite
  • Specialty Alloys
  • Refractory products
  • Scrap Metal
  • Minerals
  • Steel (pipe, billets, bars, coils, slabs)
  • Fertilizer
  • Limestone


Avenue “O” has the following processing capabilities:

  • Crushing
  • Screening
  • Blending
  • Moisture Reduction


Our Chicago Avenue “O” Terminal offers a comprehensive range of services for handling bulk materials, including both packaging and depackaging operations, as well as the ability to accommodate various types of packages and shipment methods.

Packaging from Bulk: This involves taking bulk materials and packaging them into smaller units or containers for distribution or sale. This could include supersacks (large bags typically used for bulk materials), pallet boxes (large containers designed to fit on pallets), drums, pails, cans, or smaller bags.

Depackaging: Conversely, depackaging involves removing materials from their original packaging, which might be necessary for various reasons such as quality control, repackaging, bulk storage, transport, or further processing.

Repackaging to Supersacks, Pallet Boxes, Drums, Pails, Small Cans, or Small Bags: Depending on the specific requirements of customers or the supply chain, materials may need to be repackaged into different types of containers or packaging formats. This could include supersacks (large bags typically used for bulk materials), pallet boxes (large containers designed to fit on pallets), drums, pails, cans, or smaller bags.

Shipping and Receiving

Shipping and Receiving of materials are accomplished through four modes of transportation:

  • River Barge: The terminal uses two loading and unloading river docks equipped with three cranes and three slips for fleeting barges
  • Railroad: The terminal uses a seven-car dock for handling hopper-cars, boxcars and gondolas with Norfolk Southern & IHB connections.Service Railroad: Norfolk SouthernLocation: E-50
    10218 South Ave. O
    Chicago, IL 60617Service Railroad: IHB
    10218 South Ave. O
    Chicago, IL 60617
  • Truck and Container: The terminal uses two van/container docks with flatbed handling capability and two portable ramps.