Rail spur project will help steel pipe plant in Wisconsin ‘stay competitive’

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Maryland officials have rejected a proposal to build a new rail tunnel underneath the city of Baltimore.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin of Transportation have announced the state will be providing Arntzen Corporation a WisDOT Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant for a rail project.

Arntzen Corporation will be building a $10 million facility that will employ 40 workers in Sharon, Wis. The facility will manufacture large-diameter steel pipes. The TEA grant will provide $200,000 for a $630,000 rail project that will connect the plant to the Union Pacific railroad.

Arntzen will use a 1,100-ft rail spur to take in deliveries of steel plate, which is used to make the pipes. Work is scheduled to begin in Spring 2022, and the facility is expected to be open later in the year.

“Wisconsin’s pro-business environment combined with the village of Sharon’s industrial site with rail access made this community the logical choice for our new manufacturing facility,” said Arntzen Vice President John Arntzen. “Transporting steel plate from the various steel mills by rail is key to staying competitive as a steel casing pipe mill.”

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