and private agencies partner to finance “alternative”
for shipping Northwest produce to East Coast
and waiting...part of the 55-car train stands on the mark
for loads of Northwest produce inside Railex's Wallula terminal.
Each 64-foot long car is temperature and humidity controlled,
with GPS equipment so its status can be checked at any time.
of Walla Walla officials are sure their support of the Railex
project will prove to be a rewarding investment.
Port Commission President Paul Schneidmiller
says that in addition to tax dollars generated by the development,
Railex will pay loading and unloading fees to the Port that
will help offset initial investments. In
addition, Railex is expected to create as many as 100 jobs
in its first year. “Within three years,” Schneidmiller
said, “the number of workers could be up to 200.”
There are plenty of reasons for optimism.
Andy Pollak, CEO and owner of AMPCO Distribution
Services Management, the Railex founder, says he’s “very
excited” about the project.
“Railex will provide Washington State
produce growers with a more predictable transportation option
to access East Coast markets with the shipment of 55 rail
cars from West to East every week,” Pollak said.
John Philip, Union Pacific Railroad, assistant
vice president - food and refrigerated products, said, "We
believe this service will provide an alternative method to
ship perishable produce other than over-the-road transportation."
Warehouse (200,000 square feet)
Initial Rail Improvements
Four Locomotives & Crew
of Washington $4,400,000
Grant (Road improvements) $200,000
Community Block Grant (Water System) $700,000
Capital Budet (Site Infrastructure) $700,000
Transportation Bdgt (Rail Infrastructure) $2,500,000
of Walla Walla $1,701,301
Fund (Site Infrastructure) $901,301
CERB Repayment (Road Infrastructure) $800,000
Appropriation (Rail Infrastructure)
Walla County $500,000
Sales Tax Acct
Railcars = 200 trucks per week
loading produce into Wallula warehouse
Railcars = Approximately 8 million pounds of
produce per week shipped to East Coast.
Railcars x 52 weeks = Approximately 416 million
pounds of produce per year shipped to the East