MILO – In March we told you about a new train repair facility that was under construction in Milo.
On Thursday, May 31st they cut the ribbon to start a new journey.
Over the last six months, Central Maine and Quebec Railway and Katahdin Rail Car Service were involved with refurbishing this 24,000 square foot facility.
President and CEO of Central Maine and Quebec Railway Ryan Ratledge said, “The building is over a hundred years old part of the original Bangor and Aroostook railroad, and it’s a building that’s been used in the rail car maintenance industry business for over a century.”
Business leaders said they believe it will be good for economic development in the area. Ratledge said they’ve already doubled their work force, “That’s not just associated with this car cleaning facility, but that’s some of the expanded car repair work that we already do outside of this facility.”
Vice president of operations for Central Maine and Quebec Railway and Katahdin Rail Car Service Chad Mowery said local Gordon contractors accepted the challenge of reconstructing the facility, and he said he’s not sure many other contractors would have because of the condition it was in.
“They poured this concrete in January when it was negative fifteen, we used a lot of fuel oil, but we poured concrete and did that work,” said Mowery.
He said they enjoy investing in the community because it’s where the work force lives, “It’s nice to be able to finally give back it’s nice to be able to give back to a region that seen so much taken away with the closing of paper mills, closing of their business, and to be able to reinvest and expand is something that it’s worthwhile and it’s easy due to the workforce here. There’s so much talent in this area it makes it kind of easy to want to build here.”
He said he see’s more growth for this facility, “The electrical the track capacity it’s all expansion and future growth.”