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U.S. Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) earlier this week toured the Budde Enterprises’ repair and custom metal fabrication facility in Newtown, Kansas.
Estes was joined by members of the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) and Budde Enterprises executives.
At the tour, REMSA officials thanked Estes for his work on the House Ways and Means Committee to secure a five-year extension of the Section 45G Short Line Tax Credit, as well as for being a cosponsor of the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, REMSA officials said in a press release.
The BRACE Act called for making the short-line tax credit permanent, enabling short lines to increase their investment in rail infrastructure and service. The tax credit has helped small railroads invest more than $4 billion in capital infrastructure improvements since it was enacted in 2005, REMSA officials said.
Budde Enterprises specializes in railroad equipment service, repair and maintenance, as well as custom metal fabrication and product design. Recently, they invested in a 40,000-square-foot expansion to their facility.
“The talents of these skilled workers keep our railway infrastructure sound and allow farms and businesses in Kansas to transport goods across the country. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that our rail infrastructure is robust and continues to support the economy and jobs in south central Kansas,” Estes said.