On September 15, 2021, the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) approved a grant of up to $91,440 to CASTLO Community Improvement Corporation (CASTLO) to rehabilitate and paint a railroad bridge in its industrial park in Struthers. CASTLO’s share of the cost is also $91,440 for a total project cost of $182,880. The project scope involves structural steel repair, painting, and related improvements to the bridge.
CASTLO is a non-profit, quasi-governmental organization that promotes economic development initiatives in the cities of Campbell, Struthers, and Lowellville as well as Coitsville and Poland Townships. CASTLO owns an industrial park in Struthers on the site of a former steel mill. CASTLO purchased the site more than forty years ago and has secured environmental remediation funding and made other site improvements to attract new businesses. Today, a diverse group of businesses employing more than 100 people have located in the industrial park.
The CASTLO industrial park is served by the Mahoning Valley Railway (MVRY). CASTLO works with regional economic development organizations such as the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber and Team NEO to market environmentally remediated brownfield sites in the park for industrial development. Rail access is an important component of marketing industrial sites to prospective companies.
Matthew Dietrich, Executive Director of the ORDC, said “this project supports economic development in the area by providing an existing Ohio company with rail access for transloading and helps to promote the industrial park as an attractive option for potential employers. This former brownfield site was redeveloped and now ten businesses employing more than 100 people are located there.”
“The rail bridge connects the 120- acre CASTLO Industrial Park to both the CSX and Norfolk Southern rail lines, one of the few such sites in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. This industrial park is the first site that converted itself from a steel mill to a multi-use economic engine in the State benefitting the communities of Campbell, Struthers, and Lowellville. The bridge improvements ensure the continued economic growth and business attraction within the region,” said John Moliterno, Executive Director of Western Reserve Port Authority.
ORDC assists Ohio companies and communities in creating and retaining jobs by preserving rail service to existing shippers and providing rail service to new customers. In addition, the ORDC funds projects to improve railroad-highway grade crossings to increase safety to the traveling public. Please remember, when around railroad tracks always expect a train. Rail lines in Ohio are private property and trespassing is both strictly prohibited and extremely dangerous.
For additional information regarding this project or for additional information on ORDC, please contact Wende Jourdan at (614) 728-9497.