MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Winchester & Western Railroad has signed an agreement to serve a new Commercial Metals Co. steel mill in West Virginia, OmniTRAX, the railroad’s parent company, has announced.
OmniTRAX says CMC, the largest manufacture rof steel reinforcing bar in North America and central Europe, selected the Falling Waters, W.Va., site after a multistate site review, determining the location on the 106-year-old W&W rail line provides expansive market access.
“The new CMC mill exemplifies the power of pairing rail and real estate together,” OmniTRAX CEO Dean Piacente said in a press release. “By combining the efficiency of rail transportation with a strategic location that can efficiently reach two-thirds of the nation’s population, this new mill is a model of supply chain optimization.”
The mill project was a collaborative effort of OmniTRAX, state, and Berkeley County officials, OmniTRAX said, with the railroad supplementing state and county incentives with a custom rail service agreement and additional infrastructure investments. The new mill is projected to generate more than 200 jobs while reducing traffic congestion by placing a signficiant amount of carload traffic on the railroad. The facility is projected to open in late 2025.