An expansion at Buzzi Unicem USA will allow more cement shipments by rail and provide additional storage tracks at a new rail yard near its plant in Cape Girardeau.
The rail yard will have five half-mile-long storage tracks that can hold up to 50 cars each. Shipments by rail are expected to increase 25 to 30 percent once the project is complete. The company currently uses 25 railcars on two tracks.
Construction on the project began in October and is scheduled for completion in June or July, said project manager Bob Hodits.
Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority director Dan Overbey estimates the project will cost between US$2m and US$3m. The money to fund the project will come from the company.