Onion producers see better costs, new markets ahead

Local onion producers hope a new rail reload center near Nyssa mean more markets and higher profits. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – Local onion producers may be able to ship onions to more places around the country and generate higher profits if the right operator is picked to manage a rail reload facility north of Nyssa.

Grant Kitamura, president of the Malheur County Development Corp., the nonprofit entity created by the county to oversee the $26 million reload facility, confirmed last week that a commitment from a potential operator for the facility could open up a large swath of nationwide markets.

Negotiations, he said, are ongoing with a potential operator, though he declined to identify the firm. Other records have established that Americold, a national warehousing company, is in talks with the county.

Americold has . . .