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U.S. Department of Commerce invests $1.9 M for infrastructure in Upton « Back to Search Results

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.9 million grant to the Upton Economic Development Board of Upton, Wyoming, to construct a railroad track needed to support a cleaning and rail repair facility at the Upton Logistics Park. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 200 jobs and spur $1.4 million in private investment.

According to the website for the site,, the Upton Logistics Park was built on the former site of the American Colloid Bentonite Company, which was once the area's largest employer. When American Colloid shut down, a group of citizens formed the Weston County Development Corporation and launched a grassroots effort to reclaim and reuse the former factory site. Many people and organizations worked countless hours to demolish the plant, clean up the site, and convert it to an industrial park.

In 2012 Tiger Transfer, LLC purchased the facility from the Weston County Development Corporation. Today, Tiger Transfer, LLC is a premier facility, with over 40,000 feet of privately owned track, an internal, onsite switch engine and crew to accept railcars from BNSF and distribute those cars to the customers within the park and back to the BNSF. BNSF’s double track mainline runs through the middle of the Upton Logistics Center and has three mainline switches that service the park.

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In Upton, the plains of Wyoming and the beautiful Black Hills meet- right here!  The real beauty of northeast Wyoming and the Black Hills are the people, places and activities you find between world renowned attractions such as Devils Tower and Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park.