Dalrymple celebrates BNSF expansion in Minot

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Governor Jack Dalrymple today joined local officials in celebrating the completion of BNSF’s new railcar service facility and two inspection tracks at the company’s Minot railway yard.

“Dependable railroad service is critical to our farmers, to the oil industry and many other businesses throughout the state,” Dalrymple said. “I am pleased that BNSF is making this commitment to serve our transportation needs.  This project also means more jobs which help to further grow our economy.”

BNSF has completed construction of a 24,500-square-foot railcar service facility and two 9,200-foot inspection tracks at its Gavin Yard in Minot.  In 2011, BNSF hired 90 additional employees in Minot and company officials expect to hire more workers this year. BNSF’s mechanical workers will report for work at new railcar shop by the month’s end.

The $35 million facility was built partly to accommodate the needs of increased rail traffic from crude oil loading sites in western North Dakota. Five years ago, North Dakota didn’t have any railroad terminals that could handle crude oil. Today, the state can ship about 315,000 barrels of oil a day from rail loading terminals in Minot and seven other locations.  With more terminal projects underway, the state’s rail capacity for oil shipments is expected to more than double to 706,000 barrels per day by the end of the year.

Source: Office of Governor Dalrymple 

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