July 28, 2021
North Carolina Railroad Company invests in Lead Track Serving State-of-the-Art Facility in Cabarrus County

The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) is investing in the rehabilitation of rail infrastructure required for operations at a new beverage manufacturing campus to be constructed by Red Bull, Rauch, and Ball Corporation. The two million square-foot, state-of-the-art campus will house vertically integrated processes for beverage manufacturing, can-filling, and distribution at the Grounds at Concord in Cabarrus County.  The North Carolina Railroad Company is investing $700,000 to assist in the rehabilitation of the company-owned portion of the lead track that will connect to the North Carolina Railroad and be served by Class I freight provider, Norfolk Southern.

The three-company joint venture will result in the creation of 633 new jobs and a capital investment of more than $900 million.  This is the largest economic development announcement in the Cabarrus County’s history.

“We are excited to welcome Red Bull, Rauch and Ball Corporation as new customers on the North Carolina Railroad and we commend their transformative vision for the conversion of the site from a former cigarette manufacturing plant to the production location of a next generation consumer product,” says NCRR President and CEO, Carl Warren.  “The new beverage manufacturing operations will result in a substantial increase in the number of railcars on the NCRR line each year and will be a significant boost to the area economy.”

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Today is NCRR Charter day. Our charter, signed in 1849, outlined a need to connect the state from "east to west." We're proud to say our 317-mile rail corridor helps move people and freight east to west AND north to south. Don't worry, we'll keep exceeding expectations.

The weight ratio between a car and a soda can is about 4,000 to 1. The weight ratio between the average freight train and an average family-sized car is also 4,000 to 1. When a car hits a soda can, the can is destroyed. Don't be the soda can. #STOPTrackTragedies

Did you know U.S. railroads, on average, move one ton of freight nearly 500 miles on just one gallon of fuel? That's about four times more efficient at hauling freight than a truck. So, who's interested in learning more about using rail for your freight shipping needs?

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