On behalf of everyone at Ashland Railway, Mansfield Railport, and Skye Trucking, our hearts go out to all those impacted by the COVID-19 virus. This includes not only those diagnosed with the virus, but also their families and friends, those whose jobs and schools have been impacted, and out healthcare professionals who are working around the clock to provide all of us with the critical care needed during the crisis. A prime focus for our companies will continue to be the health and safety of our employees, customers, and communities we serve.
As we navigate the outbreak of COVID-19 and its impact on the business community we want to assure all of our customers and railroad partners that we have taken the necessary steps to allow us to continue to provide service during this challenging time. In connection with current guidance and recommendations regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are taking steps to ensure our workplaces are safe, including being vigilant with daily cleaning and disinfecting of work areas, educating our employees on practicing social distancing and creating sub-teams, and providing all with safety supplies. In addition, we are holding cirtual meetings internally and with out customers and other business contacts to do our part to slow the spread of the virus.
Our companies will face the challenges of COVID-19 and continue to make it a priority to provide the highest level of service to our customers. We fully understand our critical role in moving our customers’ freight, especially during this difficult time. Please contact us if there is any assistance we can offer in transloading, warehousing, or delivering your products during the COVID-19 situation.
Should you have any questions or concerns about our service plans or our response to COVID-19 please contact Steve Nielsen, Sr. Director of Marketing and Sales at (215) 962-4866.
On March 18, 2020, the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) awarded Ashland Railway a $735,882 grant to expand its Mansfield Yard and make needed repairs along its Willard Line. The Willard Line is the railroad’s primary connection to the CSXT interchange in Willard.
The $1.4 M project will involve the installation of 3,000 feet of new track and seven turnouts, ultrasonic rail flaw detection on 23 miles of the Willard Line, and replacement of rail identified as defective. The project will improve the efficiency of railcar switching and blocking in the yard, as well as increase the capacity of the yard by 80 railcar spots.
“The yard rehab project will add much needed carload space, which will allow Ashland Railway to overcome a capacity problem that has been an issue in the past” according to Bob Thompson, Manager of Maintenance of Way, Ashland Railway.
Matt Dietrich, Executive Director of the ORDC, said, “This project is an excellent example of how investments in short line railroads in the state have positive economic impacts on the region. By improving the infrastructure, ORDC is not only leveraging railroad investment but also improving the infrastructure needed to provide rail service to multiple companies in Ohio.”
Ashland Railway would like to thank Matt Dietrich, Megan McClory, Tim Brown, and the entire ORDC staff for their hard work and support on this project. The ORDC continues to provide important backing to Ashland Railway and has played an integral role in our continued success.
2019 Nominee for the Small Business of the Year Award from the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development
Recipient of the ASLRRA’s (American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association) Jake Award for Safety – 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018.