Van Alstyne improves railroad spur, aims to attract industrial businesses

Published: Mar. 7, 2018 at 10:15 PM CST
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The City of Van Alstyne is moving forward with a plan to attract industrial business.

"Van Alstyne started as a railroad town and I believe it has great future still as a railroad town," said Linda Daniels, who has lived in the city for the past 25 years.

She's watched the city do more than $20,000 in railroad improvements to bring the rail up to code and says she's looking forward to the growth it can bring.

"The Economic Development Corporation is fortunate to own this rail spur and have it available for the industry to be able to use," said EDC Executive Director, Jodi Carr.

The railroad runs right into, and stops in, the city's industrial park.

Which is why she says they hope the improvements would make it more convenient for new businesses to start filling up the 50 acre industrial park and another 150 available acres nearby.

Right now, the park is home to Foxworth Galbraith, a lumber manufacturer and LaCore, which makes neutraceutical products.

"That's what we're trying to market to are industries that need rail access," she said.

Last month the EDC took part in a recruiting trade show marketing themselves to industries

"We were one of approximately about 50 Texas communities that were there trying to recruit business to their areas," Carr said.

She says their main goal is to add capital investment and jobs to the area.

Something Daniels says she's all for.

"You can not support a city on the backs of the tax payers on their homes. You have to have industry in order to support the growth that you need and the infrastructure you need in a city," Daniels said.