CASA GRANDE, Ariz., Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad (SPSR www.argtrans.com) began service today to the Central Arizona Commerce Park (CAZCP) in Casa Grande, Ariz. by bringing in a boxcar of newsprint for CAZCP's first customer, Casa Grande Valley Newspapers.
SPSR has been under contract with developers since 2009 to link the 580-acre industrial park with the Union Pacific main line.
San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad Director Peggy Davis said, "We have been waiting some time now to start this operation and we see this as the beginning of a long, productive partnership." SPSR will offer switching and ancillary rail services to all Park tenants.
ARG Trans is the parent company of SPSR. ARG Trans President Scott Parkinson said, "The addition of CAZCP to the portfolio of ARG Trans operations is very much in keeping with our strategy of providing customer-focused rail services in the West."
SPSR, based in Benson, Ariz., was founded in 2003 when it was acquired by ARG Trans from RailAmerica. SPSR interchanges with the Union Pacific at Benson, Willcox and Casa Grande, Ariz. and provides transload facilities at all of its operating locations. ARG Trans also operates the Coos Bay Rail Link in southwestern Oregon.