Railex: Final plans not yet set for expansion

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Funding efforts for an expansion at Railex are moving full-steam ahead through state and local agencies, though company officials say no solid plans have yet been solidified.

Jim Kleist, manager of Railex's Wallula warehouse, said development of a fourth location for shipping goods by dedicated rail has long been in the works but has not been finalized.

The company has its sights on Florida for another shipping hub.

He said efforts to gain funding are necessary through the development, which he said could be 11 to 13 month away.

He declined to comment on further details of the development that's been the subject of a state capital budget item, as well as possible efforts by the Port of Walla Walla to seek Community Economic Revitalization Board funds. Port commissioners will vote on the latter during a meeting this evening.

Kleist said the company will announce any developments when and if they become solidified. "As soon as it's real, we'll let everybody know," he said.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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