on-site mobile cleaning, blasting, and running inspections and repairs. Both businesses are healthy. “Our two tenants are flourishing very well with the rail car and cleaning businesses that they have here,” Martelle reports. RVPR continues to give back to the communi- ty - for the 3rd year in a row it has, again, offered scholarships aimed toward the area’s youthful population. “We offer scholarships at the two area high schools,” Martelle says, “and part of those scholarships are paid internships during the summer – learning railroading work and helping with maintenance.” One aspect of the yard has changed, however. “We no longer have our truck scale,” she says. “We turned that into a huge garage shed that we can do transloading out of.We sold the scale and the building now has a dock where the scale was.” Martelle reports that the company still has PREFERRED VENDORS n Inserv, Inc. www.inserv24-7.com www.tlcrailservices.com Inserv is an industrial cleaning and environmental services company lo- cated in Mishawaka, Indiana. TLC Rail Services, which serves the Riverport Railroad, is a business unit of Inserv. It provides car cleaning (mobile and onsite), interior blasting, valve replacement, car inspections, trans- loading, and training and consulting. n Jo-Carroll Depot LRA www.lrasavannail.us THE RIVERPORT RAILROAD the potential for more development and it is always looking for rail-related businesses, ei- ther in manufacturing or production, that would utilize rail service. “We’re really trying to market all our acreage,” she states. If the right business comes in, we’re willing to partner with them and do the rail to their facility.We work with our Class 1 partner, BNSF. They have lots of compa- nies that come to them looking for space and we are listed as a premier transloader with them, so that helps market us. Also, the Jo-Carroll Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) does marketing of all available properties. The whole Depot falls under Foreign Trade Zone 271 and the whole area is part of an Enterprise Zone, so there are many incentives.” So, all in all, it’s been a good year for the River- port Railroad at the Savanna Depot Business & Technology Park– still offering a safe and secure location for railcar storage, switching, transload- ing, repair, and cleaning.
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