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Indiana Rail Road Co. (INRD) today officially opened the regional's new transload facility in Merom, Ind.The Merom Transload is located about 35 miles south of Terre Haute and adjacent to Hoosier Energy's Merom Generating Station. The rail-to-truck facility will serve companies that want to take advantage of the economic benefits of long-haul rail coupled with the flexibility of short-haul trucking, INRD officials said in a press release."We've opened Merom today to serve our partners at Hoosier Energy and Nelson Brothers mining services, to help them create more efficient supply chains," said INRD President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Mills. "However, Merom will offer operational efficiencies and superior service to agricultural and manufacturing companies across the Wabash Valley — in Indiana and Illinois — so we look forward to creating new partnerships through this great asset."INRD connects Indiana and Illinois shippers with the North American rail network via rail connections at Chicago, Indianapolis and other gateways.Merom is the third rail-to-truck transload facility on INRD's system. The others are the Senate Avenue Terminal in downtown Indianapolis, and the Odon Transload, located 3 miles east of the Interstate 69-State Road 58 interchange in Odon, near Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane in southwest Indiana.The regional is also about to begin service to Venture Logistics' new 405,000 square-foot warehouse and cross-dock facility on the south side of Indianapolis, officials said.