New Rail Yard Opens in Crittenden County

AUGUST 4, 2004 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CDT

MARION, AR - Marion's mayor says a new rail inspection yard in the city is one of the largest projects for jobs to announce in Marion, aside from an auto parts plant.

The $10 million inspection station, built by Atlanta-based Southern Company, opened yesterday.  About fifty mechanics, welders and technicians are expected to be employed there.

Last month, Hino Motors Limited broke ground on a vehicle parts plant that's expected to create 280 jobs.  The Japanese company may build an assembly plant in the same area.

The rail inspection yard that's now officially open has four tracks and a terminal.  It was built by Southern Company to perform wheel and break inspections on its own cars and others on the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe's main line.

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