Railroad project expected to bring more business, jobs to Carrollton, Ohio

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Trucking company hopes to handle 70,000 tons of additional limestone after rail spur project is completed.

Do not underestimate the power of the railroad. In an effort to improve business and bring more jobs to Carrollton, Ohio, Griffeth & Son Trucking is planning to build a railroad spur at a vacant industrial plant.

Limestone is big business for Griffeth & Son Trucking, and carrying the product by train will be better than by truck. The product comes from a north-central Ohio quarry near Findlay.

Griffeth & Son Trucking plans on adding 1,100 ft to an existing spur and will install a pit underneath it for the limestone. Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. will handle the rail delivery, and the goal is to bring in more limestone in the coming years. Currently, Griffeth & Son Trucking handles 25,000 tons a year. After the rail spur project is completed that total could go up to 100,000 tons a year with one train delivery per week. Griffeth & Son Trucking is not ruling out the possibility of handling two or three train deliveries a week.

The project will cost $3.5 million, with $350,000 in grants expected to come in. The Ohio Rail Development Commission is expected to contribute a $100,000 grant. Another $200,000 will come from JobsOhio, which is working with the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth. The Carroll County Community Improvement Corporation will contribute $50,000.

Griffeth & Son currently employs 29 workers, and plans on hiring 40 more in the next three years.

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