Big Spring’s Economic Development Corp. is going into the rail business — in a manner of speaking.
The local city council capped more than a year of EDC planning and negotiation Tuesday by giving formal approval to a $493,000 rail line construction project at the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark.
The agreement between EDC and the city will expand the rail line at the airpark and is part of an overall plan by the corporation to enhance rail service in the area.
Western Container will be the initial beneficiary of the plan, as additional rail lines will allow the company, which makes plastic bottles for Coca-Cola products, to expand its storage of production materials and significantly reduce its expenses.
“With this added ability to bring raw materials by rail, it will lower Western Container’s operating costs,” said Terry Wegman, executive director of EDC. “When you look at from that perspective, it makes them more viable in Coca-Cola’s eyes … and hopefully more secure in Big Spring.”