Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sizable Railroad Facility Coming to Jerseyville: 1,000 Jobs, $500 Million Investment

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sizable Railroad Facility Coming to Jerseyville: 1,000 Jobs, $500 Million Investment

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A major railroad and logistics investment planned for the small Metro East community of Jerseyville will make a major impact on the region's transportation and logistics infrastructure, officials say.

The project involves the Kansas City Southern Railroad, which has a line running through the town, and Illinois and company officials say they will release more details March 2.

An investment of about $500 million could create 1,000 jobs in the city of roughly 8,000 people 20 miles north of Alton, according to the Jerseyville Economic Development Council. Specifics won't be released until next month, but the Council indicated that the investment on the edge of the St. Louis metro area "will have a major impact on the entire Midwest economy and the country's logistics and commerce industries."

For several years, Jerseyville Mayor William Russell has been in talks with the Kansas City Southern Railroad about locating a logistics center for offloading cargo to semi-trucks along the rail line through the city.

He told the Post-Dispatch Friday that the development would also include light manufacturing and a larger logistics center.

"It is by no means just unloading box cars," Russell said.

Kansas City Southern is one of the country's major railroads. One of its Class I rail lines crosses the Mississippi River at Louisiana, Mo., and runs between Springfield and East St. Louis in Illinois.

The St. Louis region's economic development officials have targeted logistics and shipping as one of the area's major employment and investment opportunities, launching the St. …

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