Landfill project slowed

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, November 6, 2008

TransLoad America’s operation to carry waste to the Brundidge landfill by railway was set to be underway by now, but it doesn’t mean the project’s over.

In fact, TransLoad America CEO David Stoller told those gathered at the landfill Thursday it was still well in the works.

“We’d like to be moving more quickly than we are, but we are very committed to this,” Stoller said. “We intend to do it.”

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Stoller said the TransLoad project, which would transport waste by rail to the Brundidge landfill, requires infrastructure changes, county and state support and some networking from outside.

And though he said they are drafting these plans and have the support they need, a trying economy has put the project on hold longer than they originally planned.

City Manager Britt Thomas said by next spring, he anticipates the railway’s construction to begin.

“They are in business and operating, but not at the level they would like,” Thomas said.

Stoller said the key to TransLoad;s success will be local business, but he is also working to get waste agreements from Florida and the New England area.

These things combined will create what Stoller calls a powerful economic engine for Pike County and the city of Brundidge.

Thomas said he isn’t sure how much revenues it will create exactly, but it could be anywhere from $250,000 to $580,000 a year.

“That would be a significant amount for a city this size,” Thomas said.

Stoller said he isn’t sure how many jobs the industry will produce for the city, but it could be well over 50 once it is complete.

Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said this industry is something they have been working to develop since 1990, and he is excited it has come this close.

“We’d like to see this become a reality,” Ramage said. “Anytime we can create dollars without raising taxes, it’s a good thing.”