Short line newcomer swings business deals in Ohio

Established just three years ago in an Ohio logistics park, Republic Short Line Railroad (RSL) already has lined up some sizable business. Recent deals have helped the short line rack up more carloads and storage charges — not to mention establish the largest pipe yard in North America.

Massillon Logistics formed RSL at an energy and technology park it created in Massillon, Ohio. The short line offers transloading, storage and warehousing/laydown services, and interchanges with CSX (via R. J. Corman Cleveland Line) and Norfolk Southern Railway.

RSL landed a contract in 2015 to store pipe, components and equipment for Energy Transfer Partners LP, which is building the 713-mile Rover Pipeline in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Eventually, 70,000 pipes and pipeline components were stored in RSL’s yard by late 2016.

The railroad also swung deals with Argos USA to store cement brought in from the company’s West Virginia plant, and with Deerfield Farms Service Inc. to transload soybeans into export containers.

To learn more about RSL and its dealmaking efforts, read this article I recently posted to our website. If you have other good business-growth stories to share about short lines, please do so in the comment section below.

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