ORDC Gives Grants to 2 Projects

The Ohio Rail Development Commission has approved a $50,000 grant for rehabilitation of a rail yard and related infrastructure in South Point by the South Point & Ohio Railroad.

In a news release, the ORDC said the $160,000 project will enable the short line to provide transload capabilities to Purecycle Technologies, a plastics company in Ironton.

SPOR began operating in 2021 along 7 miles of track within The Point Industrial Park and interchanges with Norfolk Southern.

The ORDC also approved a $100,000 grant to ORHS Corporation to expand its manufacturing plant in Urbana.

The grant will be part of a $42 million project to expand the plant, including $356,554 to expand on-site rail infrastructure.

The proposed 50,000-square-foot expansion would accommodate eight large injection machines to increase capacity at the plant, which does package systems manufacturing.

It is served by the Indiana & Ohio. ORHS said the additional capacity will bring online a long-inactive rail siding.

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