NYSSA — More pieces are coming together on the Treasure Valley Reload Center which is on tap to be built north of Nyssa.

Tuesday during a meeting of the Malheur County Development Corporation, which is the sponsor of the reload center, Project Manager Greg Smith said among the work being done is finalizing an agreement with a company to oversee operation of the load center.

In addition to that, Smith said a separate board of onion shippers will be established to negotiate shipping and handling and storage rates with the railroad and the operator of the reload center.

Trucks will bring onions or other product to the reload center to be reloaded onto rail cars and shipped across the country.

Members of the Development Corporation, Union Pacific Railroad representatives and consultants toured the proposed site between Gem Avenue and Gamble Island Road and the proposed layout.

The Union Pacific staff indicated it is a good site.

Other agreements to be completed are with RailPros Field Services, to design and engineer the rail portion of the reload center and Anderson Perry for design of the reload center itself.

Construction is scheduled to start in early 2021, to be complete in 2022.

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