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Nyssa project may not ship onions for three years

Greg Smith, Malheur County Economic Development Director, speaks to the Oregon Transportation Commission in the spring. Smith and members of the Malheur County Development Corp. set tentative milestones for a $26 million rail reload center Tuesday. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Supporters of a $26 million rail reload center north of Nyssa will not be shipping onions for three years, according to a draft timeline document from the Malheur County Development Corp.

The corporation – a seven-member board created by the county to oversee the project – intends to notify state officials Friday it plans to wrap up the venture by June 30, 2022.

However, that deadline is not set in stone, said John Braese of the Malheur County Economic Development Department.

“They are so ODOT (the state Transportation Department) sees where we are kind of at,” said Braese . . .