State allots $200K for railway upgrade


Sen. James  Seward announces a $200,000 state grant to help fund upgrades to the rail line in Central Bridge. From left, Town of Schoharie Supervisor Chris Tague, Seward, Schoharie County Board of Supervisors Chairman Earl Van Wormer, Hoober Feeds Partner-Owner Tom Nauman.

A $200,000 state grant announced Monday will help fund upgrades to the rail line in Central Bridge, which officials said should help boost employment in the area.

State Sen. James L. Seward, R-Milford, joined representatives from Hoober Feeds and officials from Schoharie County to announce the grant.

 “Modern, functional infrastructure is key to ensuring our businesses can compete and grow,” Seward said in a media release. “This $200,000 grant will pay immediate dividends by boosting employment at Hoober Feeds and will create additional expansion opportunities at other Schoharie County businesses. This project has the added bonus of enhancing two heritage industries — agriculture and freight rail — that have meant so much to our region.”

The $200,000 grant will be used to install rail siding along Norfolk Southern Rail that will allow Hoober Feeds to receive ingredients by rail. With the increase in shipments, Hoober Feeds will be able to expand its operations with plans to add four or five employees to facilitate the growth, according to a media release.

In the release, Hoober Feeds President Bradley Wagner said, “The rail siding project is vital to expanding our operations in Schoharie County. We are dedicated to the agriculture industry and this grant allows us to take another step forward in providing affordable feed and eventually food to our country.”

The grant is through the New York State Department of Transportation multi-modal program and will be administered by the Schoharie County IDA.

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