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Rail reload documents outline the private benefit from public dollars for economic development project

Americold Logistics, the billion-dollar company based in Atlanta, Georgia, has a sprawling network of 137 temperature-controlled warehouses, including one in Ontario (above), and also contracts to manage other warehouses. The firm is expected to ink a contract this month to operate the rail reload center north of Nyssa. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

NYSSA – Americold can buy the Nyssa rail shipping center for $1 after operating the taxpayer-funded property for 20 years under terms of an agreement expected to be finalized later this month.

The building alone at the Treasure Valley Reload Center is expected to cost $6 million in public money. The lease as disclosed to the public doesn’t detail what Americold would get for its $1.

The agreement, struck between the Georgia-based conglomerate and the Malheur County Development Corp., has been . . .