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Oshkosh Transload Terminal opens in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (center, wearing white shirt) joined Oshkosh city and business officials to open the new terminal.
Photo – Gov. Walker's Twitter account


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other state and local officials earlier this week attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Oshkosh Transload Terminal.

Watco Terminal and Port Services has a contract with the city of Oshkosh to operate and maintain the facility, which is located in the Southwest Industrial Park.

The $2 million, 11-acre terminal's construction was funded in part by a $1 million Transportation Economic Assistance grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, according to a press release issued by Walker's office.

The facility features two 1,200-foot-long rail spurs with concrete rams for vehicle loading at the end of each track. One spur serves Oshkosh Corp., the city's largest employer, which manufactures and markets access equipment, specialty vehicles and truck bodies for the defense, refuse hauling, and fire and emergency industries.

The second spur is used by Certainteed Corp., 3D Corporate Solutions, Darling Ingredients and Agri Trading. Oshkosh city officials have identified potential expansion plans to serve future demand.

Wisconsin & Southern Railroad exclusively serves the terminal and connects to Class Is. Watco Cos. LLC owns the regional.

"This is a wise investment for Wisconsin," said Walker. "This facility will enable container shipping and serve to keep Wisconsin businesses competitive in regional, national and international markets."