Trinity Industries to build railcar maintenance facility in Iowa
[Freight Waves] A Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN) subsidiary has bought 230 acres in Iowa to construct a multi-million-dollar railcar maintenance facility.

TrinityRail Maintenance Services will build the facility in Shell Rock, Iowa, with operations expected to start by the end of 2020. Services at the facility will range from repairs and maintenance, to coatings, cleaning, inspections and testing. The facility will be near the Iowa Northern shortline railroad, which provides transloading services and supports the local grain and renewable energy industries.

The facility’s location in Butler County will give Trinity access to the Class I railroad network and the upper Midwest, Trinity said.

"This full-service facility will expand our internal network and operational flexibility in a key geographic location," said Eric Marchetto, senior vice president and group president of TrinityRail, a railcar lessor.

The facility will enable Trinity to internally service and maintain approximately half of its 123,000 owned and managed railcars, Marchetto said. Trinity has reserved $60 million in capital funds to build the facility, with $30 million expected to be spent in 2019. Financing for the project wasn’t included in Trinity’s guidance for its capital expenditures in 2019.

Trinity said in April that it expects to spend between $90 million and $110 million in 2019 on manufacturing and corporate capital expenditures and between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion on building its leased fleet.
Posted by: Besoeker 2019-05-21