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Winchester and Western Railroad to Serve New West Virginia Steel Mill
Posted On: December 8, 2022

Commercial Metals Company Selects New Mill Site Along Historic W&W Rail Line

Martinsburg, W.Va. – December 8, 2022 – Winchester and Western Railroad (W&W), an affiliate of OmniTRAX, the nationwide supply chain, industrial development, and logistics solutions provider, has signed an agreement to serve Commercial Metals Company’s (CMC) latest steel mill in West Virginia. CMC, the largest manufacturer of steel reinforcing bar (rebar) in North America and Central Europe, selected Falling Waters, West Virginia after an exhaustive multi-state site review. The strategic site, located along the historic 106-year-old W&W rail line, provides expansive market access.

“The new CMC mill exemplifies the power of pairing rail and real estate together,” said OmniTRAX CEO Dean Piacente. “By combining the efficiency of rail transportation with a strategic location that can efficiently reach two-thirds of the nation’s population, this new mill is a model of supply chain optimization.”

The CMC mill project was a collaborative economic development effort by OmniTRAX, State of West Virginia leaders, and Berkeley County officials. The W&W supplemented a state and county incentive package with a custom rail service agreement and additional infrastructure investments to secure West Virginia’s successful site selection pursuit.

“This new partnership reflects a cross functional team effort to a provide CMC with a highly customized commercial service solution. I’m proud of the collaborative work invested to make this day possible,” added Piacente.

The new steel mill is projected to generate more than 200 jobs while reducing interstate traffic congestion by placing a significant volume of annual carloads on the W&W railroad. CMC anticipates a late 2025 facility opening.