Louisville Railcar Repair breaks ground, creating 30 new jobs
by MBJ Staff
Published: February 14,2012
LOUISVILLE — Officials from Louisville Railcar Repair, contract manufacturer and repairer of rail cars, broke ground yesterday on its new facility at the site of the transload rail facility in Louisville. The project, which will consist of repair, paint and welding facilities, represents a company investment of $1.3 million and will create 30 new jobs.
The transload rail facility is located on the site formerly owned by Richton Tie and Timber Company. In 2011, the City of Louisville purchased the property to create the transload rail facility so the area’s existing industries could load and unload goods being shipped on the Kansas City Railroad with greater ease and less expense. Louisville’s concept of a city creating a transload facility is the first of its kind along the Kansas City Southern system, and it serves as a model for smaller communities looking to reuse outdated rail sites, according to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA).
“We expect to hire about 30 people, and we look forward to meeting new people during this process. We previously had a company in Meridian and after researching the possibilities, we felt Winston County fit our needs. We felt welcomed by all involved,” said Ronald McDevitt, Louisville Railcar Repair owner.
The MDA worked with company and local officials on the project and provided assistance for infrastructure improvements and site preparation. The Appalachian Regional Commission provided assistance for the project, as well.
Louisville Railcar Repair opened in June 2011. The company repairs, refurbishes and services railcars that have been involved in train accidents and/or derailments, as well as railcars that need replacement parts due to metal fatigue or scheduled inspections per federal transportation requirements. Owners Ronald and Beverly McDevitt have over 25 years of experience repairing railcars.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
Top Posts & Pages
- Judge intends to rule on McDaniel's challenge before general election
- Oxford’s FNC getting new headquarters
- QUIRKY? NO, JERKY — Whatever your craving, Beef Jerky Outlets likely has the flavor among 200+ choices
- (UPDATE) I-20 partially closed as vehicle carrying hazardous materials burns
- Coast family wins $644K in tideland lawsuit against state
- Officials set hunting dates for birds; expands dove season by 20 days
- State’s MAGIC accounting system works, albeit with glitches
- Corps official: River needs larger ports, locks and dams
- C Spire, UM installing Wi-Fi network at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium