MADISON, WISCONSIN, US — Rio Creek Feed Mill, Northside Elevator and DeLong Co. will receive $6 million in Freight Railroad Infrastructure Improvement Program (FRIIP) loans to improve efficiency, install equipment and add storage at facilities in Wisconsin.

The funding is part of a larger $8 million in grants and loans unveiled by Governor Tony Evers of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

“Wisconsin’s economy relies on a robust network of roads, ports, and railways, and investing in our state’s transportation infrastructure, including our freight rail network, is a positive investment for the future of industry, our economy, and our entire state,” Evers said. “This round of grants will bolster how the state’s agriculture and paper industries move products from point A to B, supporting industry growth and success across the state.”

Northside Elevator in Stanley, Chippewa County, Wisconsin, US, has been awarded a $3 million FRIIP loan to build 6,878 feet of track for a new rail-served agronomy and feed terminal in Stanley on Canadian National Railway’s Minneapolis Subdivision. If the project is completed this year, 650 carloads of potash, gypsum, canola meal, soda, corn gluten and other feed and agronomy commodities are expected to be inbound per year to the facility by 2025, the governor’s office said.

Rio Creek Feed Mill, located in Luxemburg, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, US, will receive a $1.5 million FRIIP loan for above-track storage capacity improvements and conveyance equipment. The additions are expected to improve efficiency at the facility, which receives inbound carloads of canola meal, soybean meal, corn gluten and dried distiller grains.

DeLong Co. in Port of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, US, also will receive a $1.5 million FRIIP loan. DeLong’s loan will be used for installation of conveyance equipment at its new rail-served grain terminal at the Port of Milwaukee. The company expects to realize substantial transportation cost savings, the governor’s office said.