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Ironhorse joins FedEx on Mexico border

Ironhorse Santa TeresaSANTA TERESA, NM: November 08, 2017. Ironhorse Resources, parent company of five shortlline U.S. railroads including the Santa Teresa Southern Railroad (STSR), has acquired over 1,200 acres in an industrial park close to the U.S. border with Mexico for build-to-suit logistics rail services.

The Santa Teresa region, 24 miles from Juarez, Mexico is one of the fastest growing industrial areas in the U.S. Southwest. FedEx opened a 215,000 sq.ft. US$20 million distribution center in August this year while Union Pacific is building a US$400 million loading facility in the area.

"We expect business development in the Southern New Mexico / El Paso / Juarez, known as the Borderplex region, will occur around Santa Teresa," said Ironhorse EVP Jeff Baskett. "We're located adjacent to Union Pacific's Intermodal & refueling terminal and we are connected to a heavy-haul truck corridor with direct access to Juarez."

STSR, linked to Union Pacific Railroad, has been offering a transload facility at Santa Teresa since 2012 and also handles rail shipments of corn syrup, feed grains, scrap metal and wind farm blades (right).

"As an industrial rail park developer and logistics company, we have seen how vertically integrating land solutions, rail offerings, transload capabilities and trucking solutions creates unparalleled value to our customers," explained Ironhorse president said Matt Cundiff.

In addition to the railroads, Illinois-based Ironhorse also operates three transload facilities and two trucking companies. Three of the railroads are based in Texas and the fifth in central Tennessee southeast of Nashville.

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