OmniTRAX Inc., a privately held transportation service company and an affiliate of The Broe Group, is partnering with Georgia-Pacific to provide cost-effective rail transportation for the company's new plant in Albany, Ga.
As part of the project, Georgia-Pacific will connect a railway track from its facility, which will produce lumber and wood chips, to the mainline of the OmniTRAX-affiliated Georgia & Florida Railway LLC (GFRR) in the adjacent Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.
Construction of the new subsidiary rail line and related crossing and communications upgrades is expected to be completed in 2019. Construction on the $150 million, 320,000-sq.-ft. GP facility was scheduled to begin in late 2018 with an anticipated startup in late 2019.
"Georgia-Pacific is a great partner for OmniTRAX and the GFRR, and the new plant will allow us to showcase our customer service expertise even more. We also appreciate the support of the local, state and federal governments to make this project happen in southwest Georgia and are pleased to be a part economic growth in the region," said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.
Once in production, the new Georgia-Pacific facility expects to produce approximately 300 million board-ft. of lumber a year. This translates to more than 1,250 railcars of building materials and wood chips transported on the GFRR per year.
The GFRR is a network of 222 miles of track between Albany and northwestern Florida. The railroad has interchanges with CSX in Foley, Fla., and Thomasville, Ga., and with Norfolk Southern in Adel and Albany, Ga. In addition to Georgia-Pacific, GFRR customers include Miller Brewing, Flint Hills Resources and Procter & Gamble, and transports liquid and dry bulk, pipe, plastics, construction products and more.
Georgia-Pacific is a producer of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals whose household brands include Brawny paper towels, Quilted Northern bath tissue and Dixie cups and tableware.
OmniTRAX's core capabilities include providing management services to its affiliated railroad, port, intermodal and industrial switching operations. Through its affiliation with The Broe Group and its portfolio of managed companies, OmniTRAX also offers specialized industrial development and real estate solutions, both on and off the rail network it manages.
Based in Denver, The Broe Group and its affiliates form a privately owned, multibilion- dollar real estate, transportation, energy and investment organization with assets owned and managed across North America. Energy affiliates include Great Western Oil & Gas Company. Broe Real Estate Group acquires, develops and manages office and industrial properties, medical office buildings and multi-family communities across the country, including premier assets in many of the most desirable markets. The Broe Group also has multiple investment affiliates, including Three Leaf Ventures, which is focused on innovative healthcare technology startups.
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