Posts Tagged ‘Evansville Western Railway’

ASLRR Names Safety Award Winners

May 1, 2020

Four railroads serving Indiana and Pennsylvania are among 17 winners of the 2019 Jake Award by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.

They are the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad Company, Evansville Western Railway, and Indiana Rail Road.

To win a Jake Award, an ASLRRA member railroad must perform better than the Class II and III industry average for injury frequency rate, as reported by the Federal Railroad Administration during a calendar year.

Another 278 railroads won a Jake Award with Distinction, which recognizes reportable injury-free performance in 2019.

The ASLRRA said the incident rate for its members fell year over year by 12 percent, while the overall Class II and III industry rate fell by 8 percent.

The awards are named for Lowell “Jake” Jacobson, Copper Basin Railway’s president and chief operating officer who established the honor in 1993 to recognize the safety accomplishments of Class II and III railroads. The ASLRRA’s safety committee adopted the Jake Awards program in 1999.

Indiana Port Installs New Crane

April 14, 2020

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon recently completed installation of a $2 million gantry crane that the port hopes will attract more cargo.

The project also involved installation of a new concrete floor. The electric-powered crane spans 75 feet and has a 60-ton lifting capacity with twin, 30-ton hoists, the port said in a news release.

The crane is used to load and unload general cargo between barge, rail, truck and warehouse. The new 53,000-square-foot transit shed floor can sustain load-bearing capacity to accommodate the maximum weight of general cargo.

“We planned the capital improvement projects around a key component of our targeted marketing strategy to attract a steel-related facility to the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon’s 544-acre megasite,” said Phil Wilzbacher, the port’s director.

“The overhead gantry crane is well-suited to handle steel coils. The concrete floor brings the original facility to a nearly like-new condition.”

The crane was manufactured by Zenar Corp., assembled by TMI Mechanical Contractors and will be operated by Consolidated Terminal and Logistics Co.

Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon is served by the Evansville Western Railway.

Expansion at Indiana Port Finished

August 10, 2018

A grain company has completed the expansion of soybean processing plant in Indiana at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon.

Consolidated Grain and Barge Company said the $32 million expansion more than doubled the size of the plant, which opened at the port in 1997.

It was designed to increase service for Indiana’s soybean farmers, as well as increase product supply for agribusiness customers.

CGB originates and markets grain and oilseeds for domestic and international markets at the port, which is served by the Evansville Western Railway.

Coal, soybean meal, soybean oil, ethanol, dried distillers grain, corn, wheat, fertilizer, minerals and cement are primary cargoes moving through the Mount Vernon port, which has achieved record-setting shipments for the past four years, port officials said.

Indiana Short Line Gets $10M TIGER Grant

March 9, 2018

A federal TIGER grant of $10 million has been awarded to a railroad bridge project in southwest Indiana.

The grant will be used to rebuild the approaches to a bridge over the Maunie River in Posey County that is used by the Evansville Western Railway.

The grant application said the timber supports for the approaches are in “dire need of replacement.”

The bridge is on the former Louisville & Nashville line that connected Evansville, Indiana, with St. Louis.

The bridge was built in 1926. The E&W serves farmers, refiners, coal miners, and river ports.

Grain Firm Expanding Indiana Soybean Plant

October 6, 2016

A $31 million expansion of a soybean facility in southwest Indiana will shortly get underway.

Ports of IndianaConsolidated Grain and Barge Company plans to expand a facility it operates at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon.

The facility was built in 1997 and is CG&B’s only soybean processing operation.

DC&B said in a news release that the facility’s strategic location offers multiple logistic options, including inbound and outbound barge, rail and truck transportation and outbound container shipping.

The Evansville Western Railway provides rail service to the facility and interchanges with four Class 1 railroads.

After the plant’s initial construction, it began processing 65,000 bushels of soybeans each day into soybean meal, soybean oil and soy hull pellets for food and industrial uses. Since then, the company said it has continued to increase the plant’s capacity.

The planned expansion will more than double the original size of the Mount Vernon facility.

“The soybean processing industry is very competitive, and this investment will allow us to remain competitive in the future,” said Steve O’Nan, senior vice president of CGB in a statement.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has offered CGB up to $45,000 in conditional tax credits while Posey County has approved additional incentives.

Mothballed Ethanol Plant Reopens in Indiana

August 29, 2014

An Indiana ethanol plant that had been idle for two years has reopened.

Valero Renewable Fuels resumed ethanol production at a plant that it recently bought. The plant is located at Mount Vernon, Ind., and is expected to produce 110 million gallons annually.

It is Valero’s 11th corn ethanol plant and its second in Indiana. The Mount Vernon facility is served by the Evansville Western Railway, which interchanges with BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific.