July 20, 2017 - A new rail loading propane terminal at Moravia, Iowa is another facility in the GROWMARK System that ensures a reliable supply of clean-burning propane for Iowa residents. An official ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the facility was held July 20, 2017. Pipeline and supply route changes make new terminals like this one a very important supply point for the region.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was celebrated by brief statements from dignitaries.
Mayor of Moravia, Irene Brooks, spoke of the terminal’s importance to the city and the opportunity it present to serve over 20 counties in the region, and voiced appreciation for the new terminal and its ability to supply the region. "We are pleased to see GROWMARK here. Thank you to each one of you for being here and joining this event."
Kevin Carroll, Vice President, Energy and Logistics, GROWMARK, noted the new facility and the importance of contributing to the community. "It is important to have the support and engagement of the local community," he said. "We appreciate the working relationship we have with the city of Moravia, the Centerville region and the state of Iowa."
Carroll noted the terminal is the third one developed in Iowa with our System, adding 2-3 million gallons of propane storage since the polar vortex year hit this state. "We want to be a long term quality supplier, and rail transported propane provides a great opportunity to supply this region."
Mayor of Centerville, Neil MacArther, Mayor, emphasized the importance of cooperation between small towns and it importance to economic development in the region. “The communities have a focus of retaining young professionals who will contribute to the growth of the area. Good infrastructure is important to small and large communities,” the Mayor said.
Jeff Burns, AP and C railroad shared, "We are set up to serve 36 miles of Iowa communities. If we can help our communities grow by connecting with major rail lines to ship goods to and from our town, it is helpful for everyone."
Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg stated, "It is an honor to be here today and serve as Lieutenant Governor. It is a big day here. As a product of rural Iowa, days like this are important. It is an important part of the energy infrastructure that serves homes, livestock farms and business."
He continued, "This represents new capacity for propane and over 50 percent of Iowans outside of major metropolitan areas rely on propane. We need to have a reliable supply of propane and appreciate you putting in the investment for this region of Iowa."
Matt Heitz, Director, GROWMARK Board, was present for the ceremony.
The rail loading terminal is fully operational.
Pictured, left to right: Michael Johns, Senior Manager, Governmet Affairs and Marketing, Progressive Rail;
Kevin Carroll, Vice President, Energy and Logistics, GROWMARK; The Honorable Adam Gregg Lieutenant Governor, Iowa;
The Honorable Irene brooks, Mayor of Moravia; Jeff Burns APC Railroad; The Honorable Neil F. MacArther, Mayer, City of Centerville