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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby arty flowers » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:03 pm

Graham Packaging will be closing their plant in Holland.

https://www.plasticsnews.com/news/graha ... ding-plant
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Unread postby SD80MAC » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:20 am

arty flowers wrote:Graham Packaging will be closing their plant in Holland.

https://www.plasticsnews.com/news/graha ... ding-plant

While that stinks, it should have little to no effect on rail traffic. CSX serves them maybe 2 or 3 times a month.
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby arty flowers » Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:50 pm

Knauf Insulation expanding their plant in Albion Michigan.

https://www.areadevelopment.com/newsIte ... igan.shtml
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby AARR » Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:16 pm

I think they receive silica or crushed glass
arty flowers wrote:Knauf Insulation expanding their plant in Albion Michigan.

https://www.areadevelopment.com/newsIte ... igan.shtml
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby arty flowers » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:20 am

Well it won't be built in either Pontiac or near Durand but it will be built somewhere near Downriver.

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/busin ... 34dbRCptk4
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Unread postby arty flowers » Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:38 pm

I hope anyone living in the Flint area can go and see if this warehouse will even actually have a rail spur to it.

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2019/0 ... ility.html
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Unread postby arty flowers » Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:38 pm

I hope anyone living in the Flint area can go and see if this warehouse will even actually have a rail spur to it.

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2019/0 ... ility.html
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Unread postby arty flowers » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:17 am

Mahindra looking at the old Buick City site in Michigan.

https://www.mahindraautomotivena.com/ev ... k9OwP31WN4
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Unread postby AARR » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:50 pm

It's my understanding that they are not planning for rail service but maybe they'll change their minds
arty flowers wrote:I hope anyone living in the Flint area can go and see if this warehouse will even actually have a rail spur to it.

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2019/0 ... ility.html
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Unread postby DaveO » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:36 pm

AARR wrote:It's my understanding that they are not planning for rail service but maybe they'll change their minds
arty flowers wrote:I hope anyone living in the Flint area can go and see if this warehouse will even actually have a rail spur to it.

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2019/0 ... ility.html

It opened last Monday
https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2019/08/05/general-motors-parts-processing-center-flint/1922191001/

"The facility has 84 shipping and receiving docks, up from 35 at the previous site."
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Unread postby AARR » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:28 pm

"An average of 100 inbound deliveries and 55 outbound deliveries are expected each day." If a 1/3 of that came in by rail that would be 33 less trucks on the road and about 8 railcars.
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AARR wrote:It's my understanding that they are not planning for rail service but maybe they'll change their minds
arty flowers wrote:I hope anyone living in the Flint area can go and see if this warehouse will even actually have a rail spur to it.

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2019/0 ... ility.html

It opened last Monday
https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2019/08/05/general-motors-parts-processing-center-flint/1922191001/

"The facility has 84 shipping and receiving docks, up from 35 at the previous site."
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby arty flowers » Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:19 pm

Don Simon did you see this news about the MAC Commodities facility in Middleton...GLC is going to go gangbusters with all this traffic coming online.

https://www.michfb.com/MI/farm-news/Opp ... 8_EsNMnL9g
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Unread postby AARR » Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:48 pm

I can't speak for Don but I liked this article. Thanks for posting Arty.
arty flowers wrote:Don Simon did you see this news about the MAC Commodities facility in Middleton...GLC is going to go gangbusters with all this traffic coming online.

https://www.michfb.com/MI/farm-news/Opp ... 8_EsNMnL9g
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Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:00 pm

AARR wrote:I can't speak for Don but I liked this article. Thanks for posting Arty.
arty flowers wrote:Don Simon did you see this news about the MAC Commodities facility in Middleton...GLC is going to go gangbusters with all this traffic coming online.

https://www.michfb.com/MI/farm-news/Opp ... 8_EsNMnL9g

Don is probably super busy scribbling this all down in his notes and preparing something irrelevant to say! :lol:
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby David Lang » Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:38 pm

Anybody hear the latest on the potash mine in Evart?

Also, what is the latest with the proposed Steel Mill in Durand?

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Unread postby AARR » Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:14 pm

David Lang wrote:Anybody hear the latest on the potash mine in Evart?

Also, what is the latest with the proposed Steel Mill in Durand?

The proposed steel mill looks like it will be built Detroit Downriver area...if it even gets built.

Potash in Evart (Hersey actually) remains for now a railfans dream.
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby DaveO » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:39 pm

David Lang wrote:
Also, what is the latest with the proposed Steel Mill in Durand?

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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby SD80MAC » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:04 pm

https://www.woodtv.com/news/ottawa-county/plascore-investing-nearly-6m-in-zeeland-expansion/?fbclid=IwAR0eL0faIhERDzdcSaWANNY81JMhAhkg_JbOGTgwbrWtxz0aeQzqL4nP44g

Plascore will be building a new facility in Zeeland. Their current location has a spur off of CSX and is serviced by Y121, and they get a handful of cars a month. Not sure where this new facility will be in relation to the current one or if it will translate into more rail traffic.
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby SD80MAC » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:59 pm

Carbon Green Bio Energy in Woodbury is going to be receiving corn in 25 car blocks from Wisconsin via WSOR-BRC-CSX. Sounds like this should become a fairly regular occurrence, look for the first block sometime this week on Q326.
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby Doktor No » Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:49 pm

SD80MAC wrote:Carbon Green Bio Energy in Woodbury is going to be receiving corn in 25 car blocks from Wisconsin via WSOR-BRC-CSX. Sounds like this should become a fairly regular occurrence, look for the first block sometime this week on Q326.

Sooo Carbon Green sits in the midst of Michigan corn country and buys from Wisconsin AND ships it here by rail. I'd love to see the economics in that move....then again it must be worth it or they wouldn't do it eh? Perhaps it's some sort of Wisconsin Super Corn?
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