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SWP Welcomes Dunbar Township Business Park

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council has announced the opening of Phase I of the Dunbar Township Business Park, located along Route 119 and Pechin Road, with the immediate availability of eleven “shovel ready” sites.  Carload Express, Inc. personnel were in attendance at the Grand Opening ceremony that was held in July, and congratulate Fay-Penn on this significant accomplishment.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Planning for the new business park began in 2011 to address a critical shortfall in available land to accommodate the influx of gas, energy and advanced technology companies. This $4.8+ million project began in 2012 when Fay-Penn purchased a 207-acre site along Pechin Road, and an additional 104 acres of adjoining property located along the Southwest Pennsylvania (“SWP”) Rail line.  The SWP line borders almost a mile worth of frontage within the Dunbar Township Business Park, providing the potential for rail service to a substantial portion of the planned development.

Approximately 80 acres in Phase I are now fully-developed with roads, utilities and street lighting in-place.  It is estimated that 250+/- saleable acres will be available upon completion of all three phases. When fully developed, Fay-Penn anticipates that the park will accommodate approximately 1,100 new, permanent jobs and generate $44 million in annual payroll, $8.4 million in annual real estate tax, and $110 million in local economic impact.

Fay-Penn Executive Director Bob Shark stated that “these types of site development projects don’t just happen overnight. The Dunbar Township Business Park is the realization of many years of planning and work. The park offers a number of business amenities: significant land area to handle various types and sizes of businesses, rail accessibility, and proximity to major markets in Pittsburgh and Morgantown, the Joseph A. Hardy Airport, easy access to several major highways, and the Penn State Fayette Campus. It’s also in the heart of the Marcellus Shale region.

For more information about rail service to the Dunbar Township Business Park, please contact Mike Filoni at (412) 426-2600 or

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About Carload Express

Carload Express Inc. operates three shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania, and the Ohio Terminal Railway (OHIO) serving the Ohio River Valley bordering Ohio and West Virginia. Our dedicated, locally based management is able to offer timely and flexible service demanded by today’s fast-paced supply chains while offering the inherent economies of scale that rail shipping provides. Our multiple connections to the North American rail system allow our customers to enjoy competitive freight routing options, lowering their overall shipping costs.

Carload Express Inc. plays an important role in the communities we serve by transporting many of the basic goods used in everyday life, such as: the paper we read; the food we eat; the bricks, steel and lumber we use for homebuilding; and the energy that supplies power for those homes. The nearly 80,000 shipments we handle annually equate to roughly 320,000 fewer trucks on local highways each year, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.