Monday, August 13, 2012

Ga. U.S. House rep tours auto plant, rail yard

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House Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) joined the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC), NRC member STX Railroad Construction, CSX, and Kia Motor Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) Aug. 9 for a briefing and tour of the KMMG plant and rail yard in West Point, Ga. , NRC says.

During the briefing and tour, STX and CSX discussed the positive impact railroads have on Georgia's economy and how they can continue to keep Georgia businesses running strong, NRC says.

Last year, STX completed a rail expansion project on KMMG's rail line which now allows Kia to produce and ship out even more vehicles. STX Vice President Daniel Stout said that they were able to coordinate with Kia's production schedule to finish the project on time. Through this project, STX reinvested $180,000 into the local community for services such as housing, food, fuel, and other products and services.

"I would like to thank Kia for hosting this event," stated Westmoreland. "It was very educational and a great way to learn more about the railroad industry in Georgia. It was especially helpful to see a first-hand example of how a Georgia business and the railroad industry can work together so that both can achieve success. Railroads provide critical assistance to Georgia businesses. The more than 4,600 miles of freight railroad track in our state help bring much-needed materials and goods in and helps Georgia businesses to ship their products out. The way Kia has utilized Georgia's railroad system is a model that other Georgia businesses can use to grow and thrive."