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Hershey Rail Park on UP Line Taking Shape

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Photograph of the 300-acre Hershey Industrial Rail Park near Hershey, Neb., courtesy of North Platte Chamber and Development Corporation.

Photograph of the 300-acre Hershey Industrial Rail Park near Hershey, Neb., courtesy of North Platte Chamber and Development Corporation.

White River Soy Processing, LLC (White River) will develop an oilseed processing plant at the 300-acre Hershey Rail Park, which is eight miles west of North Platte, Neb., and borders the Union Pacific (UP) main line.

The North Platte Chamber and Development Corporation on Dec. 7 reported selecting White River to develop the plant, which will be located on 80 acres of the rail park. Omaha, Neb.-based White River develops and operates oilseed processing facilities in the U.S.; it owns a soybean crush facility in Seymour, Ind.

“The Chamber has invested several months of time and energy, as well as conducting a very extensive feasibility study to land an oilseed crushing plant in our region,” Chamber President and CEO Gary Person said. “We have an ideal Midwestern location with an emerging industrial rail park and inland port authority, agriculture producers committed to the concept, and we can offer an incentive package that makes the project very attractive for investors. We are excited about our partnership with White River and have full confidence in their experienced team of professionals that will drive this project to a success as the anchor in our business park.”

According to the Chamber, the project has received support from Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen, UP, the Nebraska Legislature, Lincoln County Commissioners, the Village of Hershey, the City of North Platte, Greenbrier Rail Services, various utility partners, and local landowners.

It reported that the existing Greenbrier building has been purchased in a cooperative effort between the Chamber and Lincoln County and “will serve as a catalyst to develop the remainder of the rail park.”

Now that White River has been selected, Co-Founder and President Walter Cronin said the company is “focused on completing the capital raise.” He noted that the “support from our investors and partners has been instrumental to our progress and will continue to play a crucial role in bringing this great opportunity to fruition. We also extend a sincere thank you to the Chamber for selecting us as the developer and to Gov. Pillen and many community partners for their support.”

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