Jeffersonville, Ind. (Friday, March 4) – Louisville & Indiana Railroad Company (LIRC) celebrated the completion of the new Dutch Lane Yard in Jeffersonville on Friday, March 4th with a ribbon cutting hosted by One Southern Indiana (1si). The event was attended by Jeffersonville Mayor, Mike Moore; Jeffersonville Chief of Police, Kenny Kavanaugh; representatives of Anacostia Rail Holdings; Lubrizol Advanced Materials; First Class Services; as well as 1si Ambassadors and staff.
The newly created Dutch Lane Yard, located at 1274 Dutch Lane in Jeffersonville, Ind., will serve as a trans-load terminal for the company. The project took eight months to complete. LIRC cleared away approximately 30 acres of overgrown shrubbery and trees to make way for the three lines.
John Goldman, President of Louisville & Indiana Railroad, expressed his excitement for the opportunities this development brings both to the company and community. “We have a first class facility here, primarily for trans-loading, that is much needed in the area to support Kentuckiana.”
Located directly behind America Place, Dutch Lane Yard has the capability to provide the area with a truck-to-rail, rail-to-truck warehouse possibility. Additionally, this location allows for the transportation of materials such as coiled steel, grain and soft drink materials to be loaded and unloaded for distribution.
“We’ve left the footprint here to add an additional five tracks,” Goldman said, “We have the potential to have created seven tracks when it’s all said and done. We’ll be able to store somewhere around 120 railcars when this is completely built out.”
This undertaking was all about filling a need, Goldman went on to say. With the completion of Dutch Lane Yard, Lubrizol Advanced Materials will be able to move a portion of its operation to the area. “We were able to get multiple entities together between the customer, the railroad, the track construction crews and the crews that cleared out the vegetation to make this happen. To do something this quickly, it could not have happened without the collaboration of all parties involved.”
Louisville & Indiana Railroad was formed in March 1994 to acquire 106 miles of rail line between Indianapolis and Louisville. The line serves numerous major companies and an efficient inland port facility. LIRC’s parent company, Anacostia Rail Holdings Company, owns and operates freight railroads throughout the United States.
Combined, these companies handle the equivalent of approximately 800,000 carloads per year. They provide freight rail service to major metropolitan centers, as well as smaller communities, and operate more than 650 miles of track, seven states, including, but not limited to: The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad; Gulf Coast Switching Company; Louisville & Indiana Railroad Company; and New York & Atlantic Railway Company.
About Louisville & Indiana Railroad:
Louisville & Indiana Railroad provides services to the Ports of Indiana – Jeffersonville. LIRC owns 106 miles of rail, seven of which are jointly used with other companies. Its annual carload volume is 20,000 cars. For more information about LIRC visit http://www.anacostia.com/railroads/lirc.
About One Southern Indiana:
One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving Clark and Floyd Counties. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana/Louisville metro area.
Since its inception, the organization has evolved to include a three-prong approach to serve its members and investors. Business Resources, as the chamber side of the organization, encompasses membership, signature events and programs which support and encourage business growth; Economic Development works to grow the regional economy through the attraction of new commerce and assists with retention and expansion of existing businesses; Advocacy supports businesses at the government level by engaging in the initiatives to preserve, protect and promote a business friendly environment free of obstacles to growth and development of commerce. For more information on One Southern Indiana: www.1si.org.