Rosario is the second largest city in Argentina, with a population of about 1.207.000 (including the greater Rosario area). It is located in one of the largest and richest grain producing areas, and is also among the most industrialized regions in the country. There are factories building cars, spare parts, refrigeration equipment, railway equipment, home appliances, machinery for the dairy industry, etc. Also outstanding is the production of vegetable oil and by-products, dairy products, pressed meats, etc. 50% of the furniture industry in the country is spread in the outskirts of Rosario. The chemical and petrochemical industries are also very important and there are oil distilleries, as well as several plants producing bio-diesel from soybean oil. The road and railway network spreads from Rosario towards all points in the country, with the Nuevo Central Argentino, Ferroexpreso Pampeano, Buenos Aires/Pacific and Belgrano lines serving the city as well as numerous highways. Rosario is the head station of the grain railway line that connects it to Bah’a Blanca, actually not used as much as in years before. The airport is close to the city and has extensive domestic and international services.