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OmniTRAX expands Rail-Ready Sites to Texas short line

The BRG will focus on attracting advanced and heavy industries to the rail-ready locations
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OmniTRAX Inc. is expanding its Rail-Ready Sites program to the Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railway (BRG) in Texas.

Working with the Greater Brownsville Economic Development Corp. (GBEDC), OmniTRAX will market three initial sites on the BRG totaling 50 acres. The Rail-Ready Sites program connects companies looking to improve their supply chain by locating on rail-served property.

The BRG will focus on attracting advanced and heavy industries, including automotive assembly and parts manufacturing, aerospace component manufacturing, metals recycling, port-related industries and large-scale manufacturing, as well as energy and logistics, OmniTRAX officials said in a press release.

"The attractiveness of Brownsville for both manufacturers and logistics starts with its comprehensive infrastructure network and continues with very pro-business state and local governments," said Federico Diaz Page, economic development director at OmniTRAX.

The short line — which serves the Port of Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas — interchanges with Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway Co. and Kansas City Southern de Mexico.

"Brownsville offers companies a great location with access to Latin America via rail, highway and sea, and has a cost of doing business that is 20 percent lower than the rest of the country," said Mario Lozoya, executive director and chief executive officer of the GBEDC.

OmniTRAX acquired the BRG in 2014. To learn more about the BRG, read this article that appeared on in March.


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