Nyssa rail center gets two thumbs up as construction start looms

Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director. (The Enterprise/File).

The Treasure Valley Reload Center appears ready to deliver on its promise to save onion shippers money and operate successfully, a conclusion from state officials that sets the stage for construction money to flow and work to start this spring.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and its consultant, The Tioga Group, concluded in separate reports released Thursday that the work of Malheur County officials justifies releasing millions in state funds to build the center on industrial property in Nyssa.

The publicly-financed rail shipping center would cut costs for onion shippers who now must rely on expensive trucking or unreliable rail service to their packing plants. The partnership between the onion shippers, the national warehousing company Americold and Union Pacific Railroad would also open new markets for . . .