Public-Private Partnership Yields New Transportation Solutions for South Arkansas Customers

Initial Situation:
-Multiple companies were utilizing the Arkansas Midland Railroad’s (AKMD) Jackson Street rail spur in Monticello, Arkansas, to transport their commodities
-The challenge was the rail spur was located within a busy residential area   

Solution:
-Monticello’s Economic Development Director, Nita McDaniel, began working with the Arkansas Midland Railroad on a solution:  Build a railroad reload/transload facility in the Monticello Industrial Park.  Nita worked with customers to acquire a portion of the spur, then rehabilitated and extended track into the Monticello Industrial Park.  
-Partnerships among multiple parties, including the Arkansas Midland Railroad, local industries, the city of Monticello, Drew County and the Monticello Economic Development Commission (MEDC), utilized local in-kind resources and grant funds to construct the Monticello Public Rail Access (transload facility) within the MEDC Industrial Park.   
-Interfor completed a $46-million upgrade project at its Monticello mill. “As we increase our production and improve the quality of lumber we produce at our Monticello operation, the ability to move lumber into more distant markets will be very important,” said Philip Starks, production coordinator at Interfor. “The partnership with G&W, the local community leaders and the business community to make the rail reloading facility a reality took a lot of hard work over many years.  Interfor is grateful for the commitment to make the new reloading facility a reality.”   
-Arrow Reload Systems was selected as the operator for the Monticello Public Rail Access due to its numerous services provided and experience handling a broad range of commodities.

Now:
-The Monticello Public Rail Access provides southeast Arkansas shippers with an option to ship via rail without having to be directly connected to track.  
-"Putting together partnerships to help everyone meet their logistics goals and objectives, that's what we strive to do in Monticello,” McDaniel says.  “We are proud to have Arrow Reload Systems here for our industries."