Northern Plains Rail Services (NPRS) is pleased to announce the Grand Plains Rail Center – a rail car servicing and repair facility to be developed at Grand Forks, North Dakota. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2019.
“The Grand Plains Rail Center will complement our existing repair facility at Erskine, Minnesota – and our current mobile car repair operations active in North Dakota, Minnesota, Saskatchewan, and Alberta,” remarked NPRS Chairman Gregg F. Haug. “Based on the continued support of our valued customers, we will offer repair and cleaning services for a wide array of car types at Grand Forks – together with value-added activities such as storage and switching.” NPRS is working with long-time banking partner Alerus, along with the North Dakota Department of Transportation through its Rail Loan program to finance the project.
Located on 283-acres, the Grand Plains site is strategically set on industrial-zoned lands near Interstate 29, features excellent road access, and is connected to the BNSF Railway. “Our discussions with shippers from both agricultural and manufacturing sectors led us to the decision to make this strategic investment in the Grand Forks area” said Mr. Haug. “As a long time operator in the region, we are very proud to be re-affirming our commitment to local shippers by expanding our car repair capabilities at the Grand Plains Rail Center – which also features land for future expansion for any services for customers.”
Committed to safety, service, and customer satisfaction, Northern Plains Rail Services provides a complete suite of rail services in seven upper Midwest states and across western Canada. Founded in 1997, its original company Northern Plains Railroad operates a 350-mile regional network across Minnesota and North Dakota – interchanging with Canadian Pacific.