Watco scores another win with selection to be rail operations provider

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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David C. Lester

Watco has been chosen by yet another industrial park to be their rail operations provider.

The Great Plains Development Authority (GPDA), announced that the Great Plains Industrial Park (GPIP) located in Parsons, Kan., will be served by the short line railroad.

Service will begin on Jan. 1, 2023, with plans to serve existing customers and to grow the business. Dan Smith, Watco’s CEO said, “We see tremendous potential for growth, expansion, and economic development in the region with this long-term partnership.”

The GPIP is served by Union Pacific and has more than 6,800 acres of property and 26 miles of track. Watco will provide switching, transload, warehouse, material handling, truck and logistics services, including an approved Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) for rail- and non-rail-served customers in the park.

Brad Reams, the GPIP director, said, “The GPDA Board and GPIP staff are excited to welcome Watco to the Great Plains Industrial Park and the Kansas Proving Grounds. The opportunity to partner with a Kansas-based, international transportation and logistics service provider is invaluable. The service offerings and business development capabilities within the park are now at a world class level.”

For more information, please visit the Watco website.

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