NCRR Invests

NCRR Invests provides assistance to companies that take advantage of the state’s freight rail opportunities and create jobs by locating or expanding their business in North Carolina. The goal of any NCRR investment is to drive job creation and economic growth that would not necessarily take place otherwise.

We evaluate requests for investments in engineering, design, and construction associated with the rail infrastructure requirements of potential new industry, or an existing industry seeking expansion both on and off the North Carolina Railroad line.

Investment Considerations:

  • Rail Roadbed Construction
  • Site Grading & Drainage for Track Prep
  • Engineering/Design
  • Railroad Signals
  • Lead, siding & Other Tracks
  • Rail Loading Facilities
  • Rights-of-Way Identification

Factors Weighed

  • New Job Creation
  • Company Located On or Off NCRR Corridor
  • Average Wage of New Jobs
  • Company’s anticipated Rail Use
  • Financial Commitment to Project Completion
  • Company’s Capital Investment
  • Competition – Extent to Which a Company is Considering Locations Outside of NC and a Demonstrated Critical need which impairs NC’s Ability to Compete

Investment Examples

Cambro Manufacturing:
In April 2014, Cambro Manufacturing announced plans to open a new facility in Mebane, N.C. (Alamance Co.). Cambro committed to create at least 100 jobs and invest more than $30 million at the new Mebane operation. NCRR invested $750,000 to build a lead track into the industrial park Cambro selected for their new location.

Asbury Carbons:
In May 2015, Asbury Carbons announced it would build a new minerals processing operation in Lumberton, N.C. The company committed to create at least 25 jobs and invest $8 million in the new Robeson County facility. NCRR invested $50,000 to assist Robeson County with the engineering and design costs associated with the required new rail infrastructure at the site.

For more information please contact:
Anna Lea Moore
919-954-7601
annamoore@ncrr.com

Available N.C. Rail-served Buildings, Sites and Location Data

Searching for the perfect location in North Carolina for your rail-served business? Start by searching AccessNC, the state’s economic development intelligence system for site details and mapped locations.

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Freight Rail Opportunities In North Carolina

North Carolina’s freight rail network boasts more than 3,200 miles of railroad, owned by two Class I railroads and 19 short lines.

North American Market Access Through Class I Railroads:

Two Class I railroad companies, CSX and Norfolk Southern offer direct access to North America’s massive intercity rail network and together, operate three-fourths of N.C.’s track.

Port And Intermodal Access:

Both Norfolk Southern and CSX offer direct service to the major ports located along the eastern seaboard as well as intermodal container service for N.C. companies through their respective hubs in Charlotte (NS, CSX), Greensboro. (NS), and Rocky Mount (CSX opens in 2020).

Regional Railroad Connections To Class I Railroads:

North Carolina is also home to 19 short lines, or regional railroads. Short line railroads offer rail shipping opportunities and large market connections to businesses and local producers without access to a Class I line by feeding traffic to and receiving traffic from the Class I railroads for final delivery. Short lines can provide essential service advantages for the “first and last mile” where it may sometimes be operationally challenging for a Class I provider.

Six of North Carolina’s regional railroads offer direct connections to both of the Class I rail service providers in N.C. (CSX and NS).

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