MERCER COUNTY —
Two Mercer County companies received state grants this week – Hodge Foundry in Hempfield Township and Yourga Trucking Inc. in Wheatland.
Hodge received $524,514 under the state’s Rail Transportation Assistance Program to build a 460-foot side rail from a main line track of Canadian National’s Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad.
Among Mercer County’s oldest manufacturers, Hodge produces large grey and ductile iron specialty casting for the mining, energy and industrial markets.
Castings produced by Hodge can vary in weight from 50 pounds to 100,000 tons. The rail tracks that will connect Hodge to the main rail lines will enable the company to better ship products, particularly larger ones in the winter.
Yourga received $250,000 to install a new asphalt turnout, 700 feet of railroad track and a bumping post for the end of the track at its side rail in Wheatland.
Sharpsville is in the process of conducting a study to see if a siderail can be brought to the Development of Sharpsville Furnace. Unlike the Hodge siderail, Sharpsville is looking to provide rail service that would be available to all businesses in the area.