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The Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) has approved $1.13 million in grants and loans to bring rail service to three Ohio industrial plants, according to ORDC news releases.
ORDC approved a $75,000 grant for Trucent Renewable Chemicals to establish rail service at a new $10 million facility to be constructed in Van Wert, Ohio.
The new plant will be part of Trucent’s renewable chemicals group, which concentrates on whole cut and distilled fatty acids derived from vegetable oils.
The commission also approved a $50,000 grant and a $500,000 loan for NGL Supply Co. Ltd. (Sycamore Terminal Co. LLC) to install rail infrastructure at its new transfer facility near Sycamore. The facility will be served by Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. (W&LE).
In addition, the ORDC approved a $500,000 loan for Mountaineer Products Inc. (doing business as MPR Supply Chain Solutions) to expand operations in Bellaire to include rail service. The planned facility will include rail-truck-river barge transload capabilities.
Rail will be installed off a W&LE line to hold a unit train for transloading fertilizer, polyethylene, steel, salt, friction reducer, pipe, sand and other commodities. Rail frontage off a Norfolk Southern Railway line is nearby and Mountaineer Products might build infrastructure in the future to access the Class I.