Businesses and community benefit from LIFTS Infrastructure Project Grant

Zinpro facility at Garner

GARNER – The city of Garner, its businesses and community may soon benefit from grant money to expand rail freight access. Earlier this month, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved more than $2.5 million in federal grant dollars to be used for five transportation infrastructure projects under the Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation System (LIFTS) program, and the Garner Industry Track proposal was one of the approved projects, pending Federal Highway Administration authorization.

“Zinpro Corporation and our employees are very excited and grateful for this grant approval that could soon make it possible for our company, and others, to have access to a rail freight line,” says Bill Scrimgeour, president and CEO, Zinpro Corporation in a press release. “Our manufacturing facility in Garner has been producing valuable animal nutrition products since December 1992, relying on trucking alone to bring in ingredients and ship out finished products. Having rail access will enable us to have a safer, less expensive and more sustainable option to bring in and ship out materials.”

The City of Garner is also pleased with this encouraging development. “Zinpro has been a positive, stable, people- and community-focused employer since its establishment here,” says Randy Lansing, city administrator. “Zinpro continues to grow and provide greater employment for our community, and this rail line access will help accommodate their growth as well as appeal to other businesses that might decide to locate here because of this development.”

Read the complete story in the Aug. 1 Leader.