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BUSINESS UPDATES | United Freezer receives $21K grant for rail upgrades

Also, agencies along the Lake to River Corridor are partnering to generate development opportunities.
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AUSTINTOWN — The Ohio Rail Development Commission on Wednesday awarded United Freezer and Storage Company a $21,000 grant to support proposed rail upgrades at its Austintown Township facility.

The grant will assist with $42,000 worth of improvements to a rail spur on site that will enable the company to receive 72-foot rail cars. By expanding rail capabilities, UFSCO will be able to provide a higher level of service to customers and secure new business opportunities, according to a news release.

“Receiving this grant with the [Youngstown/Warren] Regional Chamber’s assistance is just plain awesome,” John Pendel, president of UFSCO, said in the release. “As a small regional player in the third-party warehousing arena, this grant is very important to us and will make a huge impact with securing the rail business, which is retiring the smaller 50-foot rail cars.”

Agencies along Lake to River Corridor
partner to generate development opportunities

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County, Columbiana County Port Authority, Columbiana County Office of Economic Development and the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center have come together to generate business growth in the Lake to River region of Northeast Ohio. 

The Lake to River Corridor comprises Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Ashtabula counties, all of which border western Pennsylvania and connect Lake Erie to the Ohio River along State Route 11. The organizations have been working to strengthen the region by pooling their resources — including individual expertise in research, identification of new competitive sites, advocacy, marketing and industry knowledge — and leveraging company relationships.

“The Lake to River Partners represent a 100-mile, infrastructure-rich corridor providing manufacturers a uniquely competitive region from which to operate and connect with domestic and international markets via the Great Lakes and Ohio River,” Greg Myers, executive director of the Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County, said in a news release.

The five economic development partners and their teams are communicating on a regular basis to discuss current assets and opportunities, as well as how they can work together to generate more development in their respective areas and support each other in doing so.