Rep. Hudson tours ACWR facility

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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From left to right: ACWR President Robert Menzies, Rep. Richard Hudson, NRC VP of Grassroots Advocacy & Events Ashley Bosch, ACWR VP of Marketing Russ Smitley, ACWR VP of Operations & General Manager Carl Hollowell

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC-08) joined representatives from the Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway (ACWR) and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association for a tour of ACWR's facility in Candor, N.C.


The ACWR is the largest privately held shortline railroad in North Carolina and it connects with both CSX and Norfolk Southern rail networks. ACWR lines run from Charlotte towards Raleigh and extend south towards Pinehurst. Its freight customers manufacture and distribute various commodities including plastics, poultry and dimensional lumber.

Rep. Hudson met with the ACWR executive team and their invited guests on a newly refurbished business train car, where they discussed the importance of the 45G shortline railroad rehabilitation tax credit. Later, Rep. Hudson was led on a tour of ACWR’s Candor facility and was briefed on the planned expansion of their locomotive yard. The event concluded with a train ride from the Candor facility to local poultry feeds, Perdue Farms and Mountaire Farms.

“This new facility is a huge boon to Montgomery County and the entire state of North Carolina,” said Rep. Hudson. “Railroads are a critical component of our nation’s infrastructure and help businesses expand their markets and bring goods to consumers everywhere. I am very excited about the jobs that will be supported and the contribution that ACWR will make to our state’s economic development.”



Categories: OFF Track Maintenance, Shortline/Regional