Ground Broken for Rail Expansion

(RIVERSIDE) – – State Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler today joined Senator John R. Gordner and Bryan Cotner, President of Boyd Station LLC, to break ground for a rail upgrade at the soybean processing facility.  The expanded rail line will enable Boyd Station to increase its bulk commodity shipping and receiving capacity and add jobs at the Riverside plant.

Boyd Station was approved by the State Transportation Commission for funding of $793,000.  The completed project will total over one million dollars, maintaining 20 existing jobs, adding five new jobs and removing 4,000 trucks annually from area roadways.

“Investing in rail freight makes businesses more competitive and pays huge economic dividends for our communities,” said Secretary Biehler.  The Secretary said funding for the project was through the state’s Capital Budget Transportation Assistance Program consisting of state capital bond dollars.

Senator Gordner, who strongly supported Boyd Station’s application, noted the long-term benefits of the project.  “During these difficult economic times, it is important to support industries that are expanding and creating jobs,” said the Senator.  “This project required a substantial commitment from the company and a long-term commitment to Central Pennsylvania.”

Boyd Station LLC converts soybeans into biodiesel fuel components and agricultural commodities.  The company received a 2007 Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority grant to upgrade its biodiesel component processing system, necessitating increased rail capacity.

“Our family and employees want to thank Senator Gordner for his continued support for Boyd Station and his advocacy for jobs for our area, said Cotner.  “We are honored to have Secretary Biehler join us today for this important event.”

Boyd Station LLC was founded in 2002 and distributes bulk agricultural commodities and biodiesel fuel components throughout the Commonwealth.