Railroad facility expected to bring $500 million investment, 1,000 jobs to St. Louis region

A major railroad and logistics investment planned for the small community of Jerseyville, Illinois, will make a major impact on the St. Louis region’s transportation and logistics infrastructure, officials say.

An investment of about $500 million could create 1,000 jobs in the city, according to the Jerseyville Economic Development Council. Specifics of the project, which involves Kansas City Southern Railroad, won’t be released until March 2, but the Council indicated that the investment on the edge of the St. Louis metro area “will have a major impact on the entire Midwest economy and the country’s logistics and commerce industries.”

For several years, Jerseyville Mayor William Russell has been in talks with the Kansas City Southern Railroad about locating a logistics center for offloading cargo to semi-trucks along the rail line that runs through the city.

He said Friday that the development would also include light manufacturing and a larger logistics center.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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