Tracking the Treasure Valley Reload Center: Key data eludes county, stalls rail project

Americold, the billion-dollar company based in Atlanta, Georgia, has a sprawling network of 137 temperature-controlled warehouses, including one in Ontario and also contracts to manage other warehouses. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

NYSSA – Concern was evident in the email message last December to the onion executive leading the Treasure Valley Reload Center project.

“It is imperative that we begin to round up shipper commitments,” wrote Greg Smith, Malheur County’s economic development director.

The message was to Grant Kitamura, a partner in one of the area’s largest onion processing firms and president of the county-created Malheur County Development Corp.

There was good reason for Smith’s urgent tone.

The fate of nearly $26 million in state funding for the Nyssa shipping center hinges in part on Smith and his crew . . .