Boatright Cos. to Produce Railroad Crossties; Invest $25M; Create 40 New Jobs | Trade and Industry Development

Boatright Cos. to Produce Railroad Crossties; Invest $25M; Create 40 New Jobs

Jun 21, 2009

Inverness-based Boatright to make railroad crossties in Carbon Hill, Alabama Inverness-based Boatright to boost jobs in mining town Inverness-based Boatright Cos. will invest up to $25 million in a plant in Carbon Hill to produce railroad crossties. Shane Boatright, chief executive of the company bearing his name, said he zeroed in on the Walker County coal-mining town because his company needed a good location with rail services and Carbon Hill needs more jobs. The project will create as many as 40 jobs initially. "That community could use a real shot in the arm," Boatright said. "They're just a fine group of people who are needing some help from an economic development standpoint." His company operates a number of railroad-related subsidiaries, including Boatright Railroad Products, which makes crossties for mainline and shortline railroads. The crosstie operation is based in Wilton near Montevallo in Shelby County. The new Carbon Hill facility will be similar factory. "As a corporation, we want to go into a community and leave a giant, but a gentle giant kind of footprint," Boatright said. "We can help the community create jobs, and in this particular business, it creates more jobs than just we employ. It has a very positive rippling effect there and on the surrounding community." For the remainder of this article, please click on link below.

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