PAMPA, GRAY COUNTY - Attebury Grain and its sister company Rampa Inc. will spend millions of dollars to upgrade its eastern Texas Panhandle operation, including rail improvements and silo storage construction in Pampa.
Attebury and Rampa are working with BNSF Railway on the rail upgrades, and construction is expected to be done before the wheat harvest next summer.
Rampa has leased 40 acres at Pampa Energy Center, the industrial park on the former Celanese chemical plant site.
The lease includes 11,000 feet of rail track at the center. Rampa will pay $2 million for a five-year lease, with the option to renew five years at a time for the next 35 years.
Rampa will be the fourth tenant at the 4,000-acre energy center by joining Enbridge Energy, Flogistix and G2X Pampa Fuels. The Rampa facility will be at 11445 County Rd. J.
The Pampa Economic Development Corp. has agreed to reimburse Rampa for as much as $200,000 of the cost of upgrading rail at the Pampa Energy Center, according to Kathy Cota, Associate Director of the Pampa EDC.
The project focuses on meeting grain producer and consumer needs by constructing additional storage capacity and sufficient rail capacity to load and unload 120 railcars in ten hours. It will include equipment to load and unload as many as 75 trucks per hour.
The additional infrastructure will benefit local producers by furnishing access to new markets.
“At certain times of year, grain sorghum needs to be trucked long-distance to Amarillo or Optima (in the Oklahoma Panhandle), or to Sunray or Etter to move into the market,” said Attebury Grain Managing Director Benjamin Smith
Feedyards and other consumers of grain also could benefit from the new Pampa facility because it can be brought into the eastern Texas Panhandle more efficiently.