The Owensboro Riverport is moving forward with a rail expansion in the new year that will add space for automobile frame manufacturer Metalsa as it steps up production.
“The one-point-five-million-dollar rail loop project at the Owensboro Riverport is getting the majority of funding from a federal grant to improve air quality.
That’s because Mexico-based Metalsa Structural Products is investing nearly $37 million in an expansion that will add 113 jobs at its Owensboro plant.
Owensboro Riverport CEO Brian Wright says one reason Kentucky beat out the competition for the Metalsa project is the availability of good rail service.
“The riverport was able to design a specific load out area that’s within six miles of Metalsa’s operation that gave them the competitive edge.”
Wright says using rail for the Metalsa shipments will keep five-thousand trucks off the road every year, which will cut down on emissions.