CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A managed affiliate of OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held rail-centric transportation and logistics service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cleveland Commercial Railroad (CCRL) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad (CHB). The acquisition is expected to close in late August, 2019. The price for the transaction was not disclosed.
CCRL operates on 35 miles of track in Northern Ohio, while wholly owned subsidiary CHB manages the Port of Cleveland’s rail switching service. The primary commodities shipped include steel, scrap metals, grain and chemicals. CCRL interchanges with Norfolk Southern and the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway. CHB interchanges with Norfolk Southern and CSX. As part of the acquisition, the CCRL will be renamed Cleveland & Cuyahoga Railway, LLC and the CHB will be renamed Cleveland Port Railway, LLC.
“OmniTRAX has been growing at an average annual rate of more than 20% for the past five years, and the acquisition of CCRL and CHB allows us to continue to strengthen the valuable network that makes us such an important partner to our customers and believe our increased presence will have a long-term, positive economic impact for all involved,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.
“We look forward to working with the Port of Cleveland and are confident our partnership will lead to significant growth in both marine and rail activity. We expect the partnership with the Port of Cleveland will be another example of the success OmniTRAX and its partners have achieved when rail and maritime work together.”
OmniTRAX has operated the Newburgh & South Shore Railroad in Cleveland and the Northern Ohio and Western Railway in Toledo for more than 20 years. These rail lines serve the Midwest and Great Lakes, which are key North American manufacturing, distribution and logistics markets that allow OmniTRAX to offer customers a valuable network of rail and multi-modal supply chain services.
“The Port of Cleveland is excited to partner with OmniTRAX and further build out the on-dock rail business at our general docks,” says David Gutheil, Chief Commercial Officer at the Port of Cleveland. “OmniTRAX has a substantial customer base across their existing network and a history of leveraging their strong partnerships with the Class 1 railroads to increase revenues and find new lines of business. We share their entrepreneurial spirit and look forward to working closely with their team and our terminal operator, Logistec, to provide cost effective and efficient solutions for our shipping community.”
About OmniTRAX, Inc.
As one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation management companies, OmniTRAX's core capabilities range from providing management services to railroad and port services and to intermodal and industrial switching operations. Through its affiliation with The Broe Group and its portfolio of managed companies, OmniTRAX also has the unique capability of offering specialized industrial development and real estate solutions, both on and off the rail network managed by OmniTRAX. More information is available at omnitrax.com.
About The Broe Group
Based in Denver, The Broe Group and its affiliates form a privately-owned, multi-billion dollar real estate, transportation, energy and investment organization with assets owned and managed across North America. Together, Broe managed companies employ more than 1,000 people and provide employment for thousands of others through operations such as its Great Western Industrial Park in Northern Colorado. Its transportation affiliate, OmniTRAX, Inc., is one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation management companies specializing in: management services, railroad and port services, intermodal solutions and industrial switching operations. Its energy affiliates include Great Western Oil & Gas Company, the largest private operator in the third most prolific U.S. basin. Broe Real Estate Group acquires, develops and manages office and industrial properties, medical office buildings and multi-family communities across the country, including premier assets in many of the most desirable markets. The Broe Group also has multiple investment affiliates, including Three Leaf Ventures, which is focused on innovative healthcare technology start-ups. For more information, visit broe.com.