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County economic development director says Union Pacific is committed to rail reload project

Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, gave an update on the rail reload project planned north of Nyssa Thursday. The facility is designed to ship commodities, such as onions, to markets across the United States. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, insisted Thursday that Union Pacific Railroad is committed to serving the rail shipping center planned north of Nyssa.

The rail reload facility is viewed by many as a major economic game changer for Malheur County. At the facility farm products would be trucked in and loaded on to trains for shipment across the country.

Union Pacific’s commitment to the project was a key concern raised in a report to the state Transportation Department last month.

The Tioga Group, a national consulting group, said in its Jan. 7 report that . . .