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March 8, 2013

New businesses coming to rail park; another to be built in tech park

CLINTON — Two railroad industries will locate facilities in the Lincolnway Industrial Rail and Air Park this spring pending final approval of state and local incentives, bringing 90 new jobs to the area.  

RAIL.ONE, a German rail track supplier and Utah based Nevada Railroad Materials, Inc. (NRM) will work in conjunction to become the first rail served tenants in the park since the railport groundbreaking in 2010. They will join the park’s only tenant, the 10-million gallon bio-diesel plant, Clinton County Bio-Energy .  

RAIL.ONE will build a new manufacturing facility for the production of concrete rail ties in the Lincolnway Industrial Rail and Air Park.  

“We had good reason for choosing Clinton as the location for our factory, which will be one of the most advanced production facilities for railroad ties in the world. Its good location and its outstanding infrastructure links were convincing for us,” Jochen Riepl, CEO of RAIL.ONE GmbH said. ”Likewise, the natural resources in this region offer us the best of opportunities for production of top-class products. These are crucial factors that led us to opt for Clinton over other competing regions and, in turn, to decide to create new jobs at this location.”

The new factory will be RAIL.ONE’s first plant in North America. The total economic impact of the RAIL.ONE project is estimated to be $20 million, with 62 direct jobs.

NRM will partner with RAIL.ONE, supplying railroad cars to the company and recycling old, wooden railroad ties. In business for 20 years, NRM is headquartered in Ogden, Utah, with additional locations in Arizona, Oregon and Nebraska.

NRM will bring 30 jobs to Clinton.

“The Clinton community can take pride in its steady commitment to create an environment that attracts new companies and supports the growth of existing business,” Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich said. “The two new tenants for our railpark are a result of a vision that began over ten years ago. And thanks to the commitment of many dedicated individuals, we are now seeing the fruits of their labor.

Pending approval of local and state incentives later this month, these companies plan to move forward with their respective projects this spring. Also, Data Dimensions will construct a 26,000 square foot operations center in the Lyons Business and Technology Park pending approval of local and state incentives.  

The processing plant will bring 130 jobs to Clinton, doubling Data Dimension current Clinton workforce.  

The new facility will nearly double the size of Data Dimensions’ current facility located at 2001 Manufacturing Court. It will also house a state-of-the-art Tier II data center will allow the company to service its tremendous growth anticipated over the next three years, according to Clinton officials.

Wisconsin based Data Dimensions first located a processing facility in Clinton in 1988. It doubled the size of its facility in 1999 and his since continued to bring jobs to the area.  

“This pending expansion in Clinton comes during our celebration of 25 years of being privileged to be part of the Clinton community. Our Clinton production facility has been a key contributor to our growth and long-term success over the past 25 years. We are excited to make such a substantial investment in the community of Clinton.”

The announcement that Data Dimensions would build the new facility came at the same time it was announced that two businesses, RAIL.ONE and Nevada Railroad Materials would locate in the Lincolnway Industrial Rail and Air Park at a press conference at city hall this morning.

 

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