BNSF Railway Announces 2019 Economic Development Results

Feb 26, 2020

Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 26, 2020 – BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today reported investments from customers served by the freight rail provider in 2019 totaled approximately $1.2 billion. Large investments from customers including Ag Processing Inc., SeaCa Packaging and Hostess Brands, LLC contributed to the sum. As a result of customer investments, BNSF projects the creation of more than 2,000 new jobs in local communities. This marks the ninth consecutive year that BNSF customers and local economic development organizations have invested more than $1 billion in a calendar year for new or expanded facilities.

“BNSF strives to offer unique supply chain solutions that fit our customers’ logistical needs and help maximize their investments,” said Colby Tanner, assistant vice president, economic development. “The flexibility of our rail development program allows our customers to reach new growing markets while saving time and money.”

In 2019, new developments supported a wide variety of commodities including consumer, agricultural and industrial products in more than 100 communities across the BNSF network. Highlights of supply chain solutions BNSF helped its customers achieve in 2019 include:

  • Ag Processing Inc. – A $300 million investment led to the opening of its 10th soybean processing location in Aberdeen, S.D. Ag Processing Inc.’s newest facility is expected to process more than 50 million bushels of soybeans annually and create 60 new jobs.
  • Hostess Brands, LLC – Located in Edgerton, Kan., the new distribution center supports 200 new jobs. The $35 million investment strengthens the company’s distribution strategy with a direct connection to the nation’s supply chain through Logistics Park Kansas City.
  • SeaCa Packaging – A subsidiary of Seattle-Tacoma Box Company, the plastics manufacturer invested $18 million in opening its first plant location in Surprise, Ariz., creating boxes for agriculture products and gaining access to demand in the Southwest region.

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About BNSF Railway

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies. BNSF operates approximately 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and also operates in three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF’s shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve.