October 15, 2020 - TRA Newswire -

The Port of Brownsville, the Greater Brownsville EDC and short-line railroad Brownsville and Rio Grande made the news this week across the Rio Grande Valley.

The Greater Brownsville Economic Development Corporation announced that short line railroad operator OmniTRAX, Inc., which runs the Brownsville and Rio Grande International Railway (BRG) is expanding its Rail-Ready sites and will market an initial total of 50 acres on three rail-served sites.  The Rail-Ready Sites program connects companies looking to improve their supply chain by locating on rail-served property.

The BRG will be concentrating on automotive assembly and parts manufacturing, aerospace component manufacturing, metals recycling, port-related industries and large-scale manufacturing, as well as energy and logistics, according to a news release from OmniTRAX.

Federico Diaz Page, economic development director at OmniTRAX, said that "the attractiveness of Brownsville for both manufacturers and logistics starts with its comprehensive infrastructure network and continues with very pro-business state and local governments."

Mario Lozoya, executive director and chief executive officer of the Greater Brownsville Economic Development Corporation said that "Brownsville offers companies a great location with access to Latin America via rail, highway and sea, and has a cost of doing business that is 20 percent lower than the rest of the country."

Also this week, The Maritime Administration announced it had awarded the Port of Brownsville $14.5 million in its Port Infrastructure Development Program.  The grant will improve efficiency and safety of its grain storage and loading facilities and will improve both rail and road improvements.

When completed, the improvements will help with the export of sorghum, wheat, animal feed ingredients as well as steel, aluminum and wind energy products. The port's three million bushel grain elevator will be upgraded and expanded in the process.

The BRG connects with three Class 1 railroads, Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway Co. and Kansas City Southern de Mexico. It was acquired by OmniTRAX in 2014.