Revitalized spur will facilitate transload services in northern Arkansas
Yellville, Arkansas; September 20, 2016: We Pack Logistics (WPL), a national provider of supply chain management and transportation services, has signed an agreement with the Yellville Development Corporation (YDC) to market a newly reopened rail spur in the city’s industrial park, and provide expanded transportation options to businesses operating in northern Arkansas. The only publicly-owned rail spur in the region had been inactive since mid-2014, and was recently reactivated with a $124,696.00 grant from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) awarded in late 2015. It is already generating interest from a variety of companies, and WPL has identified 40 within a 30-mile radius that could benefit from easy access to rail transportation.
Rail spurs help facilitate the transloading process, in which freight is transferred from one rail line to another, from rail directly to a production or distribution facility, or from rail to truck for local delivery. The objective is to maximize cost and time efficiency through the use of rail, and reduce reliance on long haul trucking, which typically involves increased fuel consumption, fees and highway congestion.
During a ceremony marking the agreement and reopening, Yellville Mayor Shawn Lane commented, “We welcome the potential growth and will continue to work hard each day for economic development and job retention in this community.” Mike Preston, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission added, “Through a partnership with We Pack, Yellville is creating new opportunities for companies in the area to get products shipped through the U.S. and the world in an effective manner.” Brian Williams, VP of Business Development and Transportation for WPL, explained, “Our goal is to provide safe and efficient rail services that reduce long haul freight and increase the reach of local industry. We look forward to a long history in Yellville.”