Sen. John Thune and Gov. Dennis Daugaard were on hand Oct. 6 for ceremonies marking the completion of the Belle Fourche Rail Park. The celebration, which coincided with Manufacturing Week, included tours of Belle's manufacturing companies.
The Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park will make it easier for businesses to transport goods by rail. About a half a mile of siding track and a rail spur have been constructed, connecting the Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern rail line to the business park.
Raw materials or finished goods can be delivered by rail to the industrial park and later transported by truck to their final destination. Likewise, products produced in the Rushmore Region can be loaded onto train cars and shipped to buyers.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development had named the 77-acre park a certified ready site. The rail yard is the first transload facility to serve industry and commerce in the Northern Hills.
“Rail has been important to our state for a long, long time,” Thune said. “We want to make sure that we do everything to support the rail service so that they can continue to provide access to transportation for companies and businesses that want to start right here in Belle Fourche.”
The industrial park has approximately 79 acres of commercial and industrial real estate available for purchase by businesses seeking a production opportunity alongside rail service.