A New Rail Terminal In Port Allen Will Expedite Industrial Shipping

PORT ALLEN, LA – Phase One of the new rail terminal in Port Allen, LA, is nearing completion.

         According to David Jacobs with the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, Texas-based developer USA Rail Terminals bought a 155-acre parcel in Port Allen to create a facility to tie into an existing Union Pacific rail line and store more than 1,200 rail cars next door to a new industrial park.

         Jacobs reports Steve Roth, executive vice president of USA Rail, said the first of the three phases of the project will be completed in late July or early August.

         Phase one of The Port Allen Rail Terminal will require about $14.5 million of the anticipated $80 million investment, Jacobs reports, and the parcels alongside the site, which used to be part of Poplar Grove Plantation, have been rezoned for industrial use and could be home to several companies that want to be next to a major rail terminal.

         Jacobs reports Thermaldyne, a company that remediates industrial waste that otherwise might end up in a landfill, will spend $19 million to create 45 direct jobs and build its facility on 25 acres near the new rail terminal which will eventually offer linear 45,000 linear feet of rail.

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