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OmniTRAX Inc. is working with the Rockford Area Economic Development Council and the city of Peru, Illinois, to bring its Rail-Ready Sites program to the Illinois Railway LLC (IR).
The program aims to connect companies looking to augment supply-chain performance with rail-served properties. OmniTRAX and the council initially will market four rail-served sites on the short line, ranging from 24 to 1,058 acres.
Owned by OmniTRAX, IR interchanges with BNSF Railway Co., Canadian Pacific, CN, CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway.
Rockford and Peru are attractive locations for advanced and heavy industries, including automotive assembly and parts manufacturing, aerospace component manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, value-added agriculture and logistics/warehousing, OmniTRAX officials said in a press release.
"With great infrastructure connecting Rockford and Peru to Chicago and points east, Minneapolis and points west and St. Louis to the south, companies locating here can get their products to market more effectively than most areas of the country," said Ean Johnson, OmniTRAX's vice president of industrial development.