From The Mississippi Link Newswire

BROOKHAVEN – Governor Phil Bryant, local officials and officials from American Railcar Industries (ARI) announced this month that the company is expanding its presence in southwest Mississippi by locating a railcar maintenance facility in Brookhaven in Lincoln County.

(l to r) Rep. Gregg Harper, Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, John Ward, ARI Dir. of Business Development, Gov. Phil Bryant and Bill Scott, ARI Bude Plant Manager. (Photo courtesy of MDA)

The company has had operations in Bude since 1974.

The new Brookhaven facility, which will complement the activities of the Bude location, represents a company investment of $7 million and will create 30 new jobs.

The Brookhaven facility will provide light maintenance activities, cleaning and simple repair for up to 100 railcars at a time and is designed to provide ‘quick turn’ light repair capabilities geared towards expediting railcars back into service. Activities at the Bude facility include wreck repair, wheel and axle repair, cleaning, interior lining and painting, and it has the capacity to house 250 railcars at a time. The Bude facility currently employs approximately 100 workers.

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) provided assistance to help construct a city-owned rail spur into the facility and assistance to the company to help construct its new Brookhaven facility. The City of Brookhaven and Lincoln County also provided assistance for the project.

Based in St. Charles, Mo., ARI was formed in 1994 when the railcar component manufacturing and railcar maintenance assets were acquired from its predecessor company, American Car and Foundry Company. Today, ARI is a fully-integrated supplier to the North American freight car market. ARI designs and manufactures new railcars and railcar parts, operates a network of railcar repair centers and provides fleet management and engineering services to shippers, equipment leasing companies and railroads.

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