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New rail spur in North Bend connects Willamette Valley timber companies to rest of world

The recently completed track allows K2 Exports to bring logs by rail directly to its export terminal, which is on Coquille Economic Development Corporation property. (SBG)

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- A new rail spur in North Bend is connecting Willamette Valley timber companies to the rest of the world.

The recently completed track allows K2 Exports to bring logs by rail directly to its export terminal, which is on Coquille Economic Development Corporation property.

CEDCO estimates it takes over 1,200 truckloads of logs to fill ships at the terminal.

Now, the company says it will only take about 350 rail cars to handle that same volume of logs.

"Shippers from the Willamette Valley did not have many options if they wanted to export to places like China,” said CEDCO communications director Ray Doering. “This gives them a whole new option; it gives the chance to reach Asian markets with the least amount of cost for them."

CEDCO says they joined forces with the Port of Coos Bay to work on this project.

"The new rail spur is really a perfect example of how public and private partnerships and investment in our infrastructure can really add to the area," said Margaret Barber with Port of Coos Bay.

K2 Exports says with the rail spur in full operation, they expect the number of ships coming into the Coos Bay harbor to increase, which could give a boost to the local economy.

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