On May 12, 2021, the Ohio Rail Development Commission approved a loan of up to $70,000 and a grant in the amount of $15,000 to Zemba Brothers/Adams Brothers Concrete Products (ABC) to reactivate an existing spur to a small property in Zanesville, Ohio. This spur will serve property recently purchased by ABC and allow Zemba and ABC to transload concrete powder from the rail to trucks for distribution to ABC’s facilities in the region. The $72,682 project will result in 25 retained jobs at ABC.
Zemba was founded in 1987 in Zanesville with a push mower and a “no one will out-work us” attitude. After decades of growth, Zemba is now the provider of a variety of trucking, excavation, demolition, site utility and other heavy industrial support services in Muskingum and surrounding counties. ABC was founded in 1908 and is now part of the Zemba family of companies. ABC provides ODOT-approved ready-mix material to the same area as Zemba, including Zemba’s own projects, via two plants located in Guernsey and Muskingum counties.
Troy Hindel, Operations Manager of Administration, Zemba Bros., Inc., said “Adams Bros Concrete Products is excited to expand its cement logistics and return to service 665TF in Zanesville that has been out of service since 2012. We appreciate ORDC’s guidance and support as we grow our business and create/retain more jobs in Muskingum and surrounding counties. It’s been an extreme pleasure getting to work with the staff of the ORDC and we look forward to future opportunities.”
Matthew Dietrich, Executive Director of the ORDC, said “This project is an example of how relatively small investments can have a big impact on existing businesses. Transload projects such as this one show how access to rail transportation can help logistics for companies even if the rail infrastructure cannot be accessed directly,” he said.
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.