Ohio Rail Development Commission • News Release
1980 West Broad Street • Columbus, Ohio 43223
Lorain Steel Plant Rail Yard Upgrades, Bridge Project, Accessibility Project & Ethanol Plant on March ORDC Agenda
Commissioners Also Consider Accelerating Upgrades to
Lancaster-Logan Rail Line
For Immediate Release:
Columbus (Friday, March 4, 2011) – Two track improvement projects supporting a $93-million dollar expansion of U.S. Steel’s Lorain Tubular Operations will help create 90 new jobs and preserve 523 more. An ORDC staff-recommended grant of up to $100,000 will leverage company funds to enable the upgrades.
The improvements from these two projects will add storage/staging capacity and improve the efficiency of operations for the plant. Improved efficiency is important because carloads of inbound materials are generally handled 3 or 4 times to get them to different parts of the plant before all the processing is completed and there is a finished pipe product ready to be railed out.
Additionally, better rail service to shippers employing 259 people and the prospect of growing more business and jobs has prompted speeding up a second phase of rehabilitation of the Indiana & Ohio Railroad line between Lancaster and Logan. ORDC Commissioner will vote on the agenda item at their regular meeting:
Thursday, March 10, 2011
1980 West Broad Street
Commissioners will also consider modifying an existing carload agreement to enable the re-opening of Coshocton Ethanol, which shut down in 2008 due to the economy and high corn prices.
Commissioners will also review staff-recommended projects that include:
• A staff-approved agreement with CSX Transportation and ODOT to support right-of-way acquisition for a railroad bridge replacement as part of the CSX National Gateway project in Medina County.
• A grant to improve accessibility for people with mobility impairments to Polar Express excursion trains at the Dennison Depot Museum at Dennison.
Project briefings on all of the above agenda items are available on request.
For more information contact:
Stu Nicholson, ORDC Communications,