New Castle Industrial

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Each day, [the] locomotives navigate 16 miles of rail tracks as they haul freight to and from some of the largest employers in Lawrence County. The spider-web network of tracks encircles New Castle, feeding into two major rail lines that provide access to markets throughout North America. Scrap steel, aggregate, salt, plastics, and more recently sand (a result of hydraulic fracturing), are among the many commodities shipped and loaded onto trucks every day, thanks to what Dale Berkley Jr. calls "the best-kept secret in New Castle."

The short line's charge is hauling freight to customers off the main railways, Berkley says. Since New Castle Industrial can connect with both major carriers – Norfolk Southern and CSX – it gives its customers pricing advantages. "We're an extension of the two major railroads," he says, "and having access to the two helps the customer, since the railroads have to bid for their business."

The Business Journal

Consolidated Container Company

The Consolidated Container Company is a national manufacturer of blow-molded plastic packaging solutions for various retail industries. The company has more than 50 manufacturing facilities around the country, including a bottle blowing operation in New Castle. The New Castle Industrial Railroad switches this location with covered hoppers of inbound plastic pellets.

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Covanta Environmental Solutions

Covanta Energy is a global corporation that provides a variety of waste-management and incineration services. The company's waste-to-energy plants annually burn approximately 20 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses, while generating electricity to power one million homes. Covanta recycles approximately 500,000 tons of metal each year. Through a large network of treatment and recycling facilities, the firm also provides industrial material management services to companies in various industries. Covanta operates a materials processing facility in New Castle, switched with tank cars by the New Castle Industrial Railroad.

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Ellwood Mill Products


With over 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space under roof, Ellwood Mill Products has forging, heat treatment, and machining capabilities to handle the largest forgings that are produced by ECF -- up to 110,000 pounds. EMP's close proximity to EGI business unit, Ellwood Quality Steels, allows the receipt of ingots hot via an in-house transfer car thus eliminating the need for outside transportation.

Ellwood Mill Products

Ellwood Mill Products is a metal forge manufacturing facility located in New Castle, creating, treating, and machining metallic forgings up to 110,000 pounds and up to 60' in length. The New Castle Industrial railroad regularly switches the facility with open gondolas of forgings and scrap material.

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Hill Railroad Car Company

The Hill Railroad Car Company is located in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and provides freight car servicing, repair, and rebuilding services to railroad customers around the region. Hill sells new, used, and reconditioned bolsters, side frames, couplers, yokes, and other truck assemblies; the facility performs railcar repairs and rehabilitation in its multi-track shop building. The New Castle facility has a sister operation in nearby Struthers, Ohio. The New Castle shop uses a leased switcher for internal car moves.

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Kasgro Rail Corporation

The Kasgro Rail Corporation builds, maintains, and manages a fleet of nearly 500 specialty railcars used for transporting oversized and/or heavy "dimensional" loads anywhere on the domestic railroad system. The 11-acre New Castle, Pennsylvania, facility constructs and repairs the fleet of standard, articulated, and depressed-center flatcars, and an office located in Indiana coordinates fleet management. The New Castle facility sits adjacent to CSX Transportation's New Castle yard along the Shenango River. Switching and fleet storage is provided by the New Castle Industrial Railroad, which provides Kasgro with interchange to CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, and the Buffalo & Pittsburgh.

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New Castle Recycling

New Castle Recycling is locally owned and operated scrap dealer and recycling facility that also provides tolling and processing services for the steel industry. Retired railroad freight cars are frequently scrapped on the premises and the yard is switched by the New Castle Industrial Railroad.

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Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment from one mode of transportation to another. It is most commonly employed when one mode cannot be used for the entire trip, such as when goods must be shipped internationally from one inland point to another. Such a trip might require transport by truck to an airport, then by airplane overseas, and then by another truck to its destination; or it might involve bulk material (such as coal) loaded to rail at the mine and then transferred to a ship at a port. Transloading is also required at railroad break-of-gauge points, since the equipment between lines is not compatible.


The New Castle Industrial Railroad regularly switches a transloading area located in central New Castle along the shortline's primary line out to a Norfolk Southern interchange. Switched transloaded materials include covered hoppers of sand for the hydraulic fracturing process, covered hoppers of salt for winter highway maintenance, and tank cars of liquid products.

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Tanner Industries

Tanner Industries supplies anhydrous ammonia and aqua ammonia to various industries and by various modes of transport. The company owns 16 distribution facilities across the eastern and midwestern United States, including a location in New Castle switched by the New Castle Industrial Railroad.

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This page was updated on 2017-09-15