Everett Railroad to utilize grant for track expansion
CLAYSBURG — The Everett Railroad will use a PennDOT grant to help an Armstrong County-based company to expand its local business.
The railroad was recently awarded $232,554 to upgrade 3 miles of track as it connects to a new cement transload terminal for Penn Mag Inc., which has a location at 217 Strawberry Lane, Greenfield Township.
“This state funding will benefit the local economy by allowing the Everett Railroad to rehabilitate track in Greenfield Township, restore rail service to Sproul and complete a transload facility that will meet the transportation needs of a local manufacturer,” state Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, had said in a statement.
Penn Mag, a leading supplier of high quality magnetite and iron chromite with over 30 years’ experience, had requested the track restoration.
“We have not operated any trains to Sproul since Harbison-Walker closed their plant earlier this year. Penn Mag, Inc. last used rail in the early 1990s and asked us to restore the track to their facility. They are in the business of processing and transloading bulk commodities such as minerals and cement. The grant funds, combined with our own capital spending, will allow us to upgrade the track in Greenfield Township to benefit all of our customers there plus allow us to handle new business for Penn Mag and preserve rail access to the former Harbison-Walker plant site,” said Alan Maples, Everett Railroad president.
Penn Mag President Anil Bhadsavle is pleased with the decision.
“We want to expand our business. We have a cement terminal in Kittanning. We want to put a cement terminal out there. That is why we want to extend the line. Our products are now being trucked in. We would like to have rail service. We have 10 employees now in Claysburg. We are looking to hire more people,” Bhadsavle said.
Bhadsavle said he would like to see the restoration completed within six months.
“We might not have our project finished in six months, but we can provide service to Sproul while the track is being rehabilitated. I expect we would be done by the fall of next year,” Maples said.
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.