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Dana Transport opens Midwest transload facility in shuttered UP rail yard

Plastic pellets are trasferred from train to tank car at the site.
Photo – up.com


Dana Transport recently revitalized and developed an unused Union Pacific Railroad yard into a rail transload facility in Kansas City, Missouri, UP announced last week.

The new facility will be a key distribution hub for plastic pellets arriving from the Texas Gulf Coast area by rail for truck transport to Midwest manufacturers, according to a report on UP's website.

A grand-opening celebration was held at the site last week. The project began in 2020 when Dana Transport and UP's industrial development team started exploring leasing and repurposing the shuttered UP location, known as the Cypress Yard.

"We saw the land before the pandemic began, and we thought it was big enough to accommodate our plans for growth and our customers’ needs for a transload yard for plastic distribution in the Midwest," said Dennis Lawless, corporate manager for dry bulk at Dana Transport.

Plastic-pellet manufacturers in the Texas Gulf Coast will be able to transport their products directly on UP without the use of another railroad, according to the UP report.