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OmniTRAX identifies rail-ready sites along regional's West Virginia line


OmniTRAX Inc. announced yesterday it has extended its Rail-Ready Sites program to the West Virginia branch of the Winchester and Western Railroad Co.

OmniTRAX officials worked with the Berkeley County Development Authority in West Virginia to identify developable, rail-ready sites along the railroad. The initial six sites, which total 795 acres and range from 35- to 500-acre parcels, are "ideal" for rail-served manufacturing, food and beverage processing, and distribution facilities, OmniTRAX officials said in a press release.

The Rail-Ready Sites program connects rail-served sites with customers in need of property to access rail service.

"Our team is excited to work with the local experts in Berkeley County to bring new jobs and economic growth to the region," said Ean Johnson, vice president of economic development at OmniTRAX.

The county is seeing an industrial resurgence, and the Winchester and Western is "an integral part of that momentum," said Berkeley County Development Authority Executive Director Sandy Hamilton.

The Winchester and Western is part of the OmniTRAX organization of short lines and regionals.

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