Eagle eyes Wichita Falls with 140,000 SF, over 100 jobsEagle eyes Wichita Falls with 140,000 SF, over 100 jobshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=34082014-08-12T08:25:00Z2014-08-12T00:00:00Z

WICHITA FALLS - Eagle Railcar Services officials are looking to make a new location at 4515 Allendale Rd. — the flagship plant of the four it owns and operates.

Ron Hart, project superintendent, said the facility is about 140,000 sf and can accommodate up to about 56 railcars under its roof at one time.

Inspectors look at all railcars that arrive at the site and take note of the work that needs to be done. Sometimes it's just a new paint job and stenciling; sometimes it's getting inside a hopper and hammering out dents. The work could also be lifting the railcar with a 50,000-ton jack for a brake job or wheel replacement.

The company is using the concrete slab and shell of one of the old Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed buildings for its new site. Work is about 90 percent complete to get the facility fully operational.

The facility has been operational for a few weeks with minor mechanical jobs on railcars for a variety of clients. The only aspect of the shop that is not operational is painting and blasting, because the company is waiting on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to approve an air quality permit.

In 2013, the 4A Wichita Falls Economic Development Corp. developed an incentive package of close to $1 million and the Wichita Falls City Council approved it, luring the company to North Texas.

Eagle Railcar, as part of the agreement when accepting the incentive package, has committed to bringing in 64 jobs. Co-owner Mark Walraven said while that is the commitment, they want to bring between 100 and 150 jobs to the area.

The company is headquartered in Eastland on I-20 between Fort Worth and Abilene. Its other Texas facilities are in Elkhart and Roscoe, and its fourth location is in Cairo in northeastern Ohio.

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