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Railcar company adding its largest plant, 500 jobs near Clarksville

Clarksville, Iowa – A Dallas, Texas based company specializing in railcar renovation and manufacturing will be adding its largest plant near the Northeast Iowa town of Clarksville.

Mayor Val Swinton says TrinityRail will add its largest location on 230 acres west of the Highway 3 ethanol plant starting in July.


The plant will add 260 jobs at first, according to Swinton, but he says the company will grow to 500 total employees. Most will be welders and painters, making it a major economic investment.


TrinityRail is North America’s leading manufacturer of railcars with the country’s largest fleet of 122,000 cars according to their website  They also provide parts, maintenance and investor services.

Swinton says the Clarksville plant is responsible for renovating old railcars.


He added Butler County was selected from 75 nation-wide options and then was narrowed to 10 before being selected highly due to the nearby Iowa Northern Railroad.

When asked if his town of 1300 was ready for the big jump, Swinton said they’ve got work to do.


He says the plant should be optional by next June.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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