Special Reports

Delays and missed deadlines: the history leading up to TVRC and Americold’s lease agreement

Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, has led contract negotiations between Americold and the economic development corporation. (The Enterprise/FILE)

The Malheur County Development Corp., owner of the Treasure Valley Reload Center, is 19 months behind on closing a deal with Americold to operate the rail center in Nyssa, according to state documents.

As of Friday, July 30, the company still had not signed any such agreement.

Based on public records, here is how Malheur County Development Corp., administered by Greg Smith of the Malheur County Economic Development Department, reported to the state about progress on this crucial agreement:

Original due date: Dec. 16, 2019

Dec. 12, 2019 – MCDC requests delay for agreement until Feb. 15, 2020. “Discussions with the proposed operator are moving quickly.”

Feb. 15 . . .