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NCRR Announces New Economic Development Programs

The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) on April 16 announced the launch of two new economic development programs: the Micro-Grant Program and the Brownfields Program, with the goal of “promoting economic growth across the state–leading to increased job creation and boosting freight rail usage.”

North Carolina is home to two Class I railroads and 24 short line railroads.

NCDOT Report Shows Rail’s Importance to Economy

North Carolina’s rail system contributes to more than $20 billion into the state’s economy and supports 88,000 jobs, according to a report released Feb. 26 by the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Rail Division.

“We are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking $650Mn investment to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in North Carolina, solidifying our commitment to the electric vehicle (EV) battery industry in the United States,” Epsilon Advanced Materials, Inc. (EAM) reported via LinkedIn on Oct. 26. (EAM Photograph)

Rail-Served EV Battery Plant Coming to North Carolina

Epsilon Advanced Materials, Inc. (EAM), an electronic vehicle (EV) battery-material manufacturer, will break ground in 2024 on its first U.S. plant, with CSX-served, North Carolina operations to commence in 2026, the company reported Oct. 26.

Trish Haver, COO, NCRR (left); and Erika Bruhnke, Chief Sales and Growth Officer, RailPros (right).
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People News: NCRR, RailPros

The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) promotes Trish Haver to Chief Commercial Officer (COO). Also, RailPros promotes Erika Bruhnke to Chief Sales and Growth Officer.

NCRR: $3.9M for Build Ready Sites

The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) is investing $3.9 million in seven counties and eight projects across the state as part of its 2022 Build Ready Site (BRS) program. Beaufort, Catawba, Chatham, Iredell, Montgomery, Randolph, and Scotland counties “will use the BRS funds to improve available rail-served sites for future industrial development to attract new businesses and encourage local economic growth,” NCRR said.

CMC has selected Falling Waters, W.Va., for a new steel mill. Projected to open in late 2025, the mill will be served by W&W. (W&W Photograph Courtesy of OmniTRAX)

Small-Road Briefs: NCRR, OmniTRAX

North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) is investing approximately $200,000 in a new rail-served site, where a wood-products manufacturing facility will be built. Also, OmniTRAX affiliate Winchester and Western Railroad (W&W) will serve a planned West Virginia steel mill.

Paul Wiedefeld, Northeast Region Transportation Director, HDR (left) and Chris Dillon, Vice President, Government Affairs, North Carolina Railroad Company.
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People News: HDR, NCRR

Paul Wiedefeld joins HDR as Northeast Region Transportation Director. And North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) appoints Chris Dillon as Vice President, Government Affairs.

NCRR Offers ‘Build Ready Sites’

The North Carolina Railroad Co. (NCRR) has partnered with the state’s economic development community and railroads to offer “Build Ready Sites” that, among other initiatives “drive increased job creation, freight rail use and economic growth.”