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Badger Mining Corp. has completed a 4,500-foot rail siding expansion near its facilities in Taylor, Wis., the company announced yesterday.
The expansion will allow the site to hold up to three unit trains concurrently, company officials said in a press release.
For more than a decade, the industrial silica sand supplier's three rail sidings along the CN line in downtown Taylor could hold only 70 rail cars each at one time. The additional 1,500 feet of rail on each siding will allow room for more than 100 rail cars each.
The project reflected the company's focus on enhancing its distribution network.
"The ability to ship multiple unit trains effectively allows us to operate at the scale necessary to drive down costs in today's market," said Adam Katz, leader of sales and marketing at Badger Mining. "Together with our partners at the CN, we recognized that unit trains are becoming a necessity in many markets and this expansion puts us at the leading edge of operational efficiency."
CN has "invested heavily" in the corridor between Taylor and Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., to support frac sand industry growth and enable the Class I's commercial partners like Badger Mining to develop a more robust supply chain, said Fiona Murray, vice president of industrial products at CN.