BNSF: $1.5 billion in 2021 Economic development
Investments by customers served by BNSF totaled about $1.5 billion in 2021, the Class I railroad reported March 3; this reflects work on new or expanded facilities by companies such as The Gatorade Company Inc., Mark Anthony Brewing and Northern Metal Recycling.
This is the 11th consecutive year that clients and local economic development organizations have invested more than $1 billion in a calendar year, according to BNSF.
“The success of BNSF’s rail development program is the result of our employees working with our customers to create unique supply chain solutions that meet their distinctive needs,” said Assistant Vice President, Economic Development. , Chris Danos. “Flexibility is the key to helping our customers maximize their investments, save them development costs and speed up their time to market.”
BNSF expects more than 1,700 new jobs to be created as a result of the investments, which support products such as consumer, agricultural and industrial products in communities across the Class I railroad network.
Among the 2021 developments:
• The Gatorade Company, Inc.: Co-located at BNSF Logistics Park in Kansas City for warehouse and distribution center capabilities, creating 200 new jobs.
• Mark Anthony Brewery: Invested $450 million to build a new facility in Glendale, Arizona, capable of receiving tank car shipments of glucose and alcohol to produce White Claw Hard Seltzer, creating 300 jobs.
• Northern Metals Recycling: Invested $75 million to build a new facility at Becker’s Industrial Park in Becker, Minnesota to handle manifest and scrap unit train shipments, creating 90 new jobs.