Mississippi Governor Bryant was in Brookhaven to announce a new industrial development project here.
American Railcar Industries (ARI) will build a facility in Brookhaven located on the south east side of the Industrial Parkway bridge. Currently, this location is a concrete slab with remnants of a former plant building. The Mississippi Development Authority will provide a grant of roughly $645,000 to construct a rail spur to the facility. The facility is located near the CN Rail main line that runs from Chicago to New Orleans, with service to Baton Rouge. ARI expects the facility to employ 30 people on an operating basis, and likely many more for the construction of the facility. AMI expects to invest $7,000,000 in the Brookhaven facility. More details are contained in the company’s press release below.
ARI Press Release
AMERICAN RAILCAR INDUSTRIES
April 4, 2013
American Railcar Industries, Inc. (ARI), a railcar manufacturing, repair and services company headquartered in St. Charles, Missouri, is pleased to announce plans to build a new railcar maintenance facility in Brookhaven, Mississippi. The new Brookhaven facility will be located directly on the Canadian National Railroad (CNRR) mainline and will be designed to provide expedited cleaning and light repair services to tank and freight railcars. The new facility will cost an estimated 7 million dollars to build and will create approximately 30 new direct jobs in Lincoln County. It is scheduled to be fully operational early in 2014.
ARI has operated a full service facility at Bude in neighboring Franklin County, Mississippi for almost 40 years. The ARI facility at Bude provides full service and specialized rail car repair services such as major cleaning, heavy wreck rebuilding, project repairs and interior and exterior coatings.
The Brookhaven facility is designed to provide “quick turn” repair capabilities geared towards expediting railcars back into service and will target railcars that require cleaning, light repair and industry mandated tank car requalification. ARI’s ability to provide both expedited repairs at Brookhaven and full service maintenance at Bude will position the Company to broaden its overall customer base and better serve traffic on the CNRR’s Chicago to New Orleans mainline.
ARI would like to thank the Mississippi Governor’s office, the Mississippi Development Authority, the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of Brookhaven, the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce and the Brookhaven/Lincoln County Industrial Development Foundation for their assistance in bringing ARI to Brookhaven.