CLINTON — Members of the Clinton Regional Development Corp. board watched bulldozers and excavators whir through the Lincolnway Railport Wednesday as work continued on the future site of RAIL.ONE.
The company will be the first rail-served tenant at the site, with wooden rail tie recycler, Nevada Railroad Materials (NRM) following them to the park, which sits off U.S. 30 and 44th Avenue South.
Ron Christensen, the job superintendent for Neumann Brothers, the general contractor for the RAIL.ONE project, said work is ahead of schedule with about 30 percent of the project complete.
“The building itself, the concrete floors and the foundations, will be done about the middle of August and then the actual building shows up on site and we’ll start erecting the building,” Christensen said. “It will be done by the first of November, which is when all the internal fixtures come in. Then it will be up and running by the first of January.”
Besides the 38,000 square foot building that will be constructed, crews are working on the outdoor storage yard where ties will be stacked to complete a 21-day curing process before they are loaded on the tracks.
Crews will start laying the track in September to serve RAIL.ONE from the Union Pacific mainline by the time the factory begins operating in January.
The project is a major milestone for the CRDC and the region as economic and civic leaders have worked for more than a decade to make the railport a global gateway through mainline access to the UP railroad. RAIL.ONE is expected to make a $20 million initial investment in Clinton with an annual impact of $15.2 million.
The CRDC is still working on the site to secure water resources and road access. They also hope to have the site certified by the state as a supersite, indicating to companies that it is shovel-ready.