About Us

Business Partners

With the help of our trusted business partners, we’re able to transload your materials from the rail to a semi or other vehicle.

Our History

We’ve been working to fulfill material deliveries for our customers since 2011. Since then, we’ve delivered over 500 shipments in the Upper Midwest.

2007


In the Concrete Material’s former Rice St. and plant yard, 24 railcars of white cement were unloaded on a short railroad spur. The spur was originally used to load sand for intra-company shipments. When the sand plant depleted mineral reserves and operations relocated, the value of the spur was soon realized as inquiries for a location to unload railcars became more frequent.

2010


An agreement with Headwaters Resources increased the annual railcar count to over 200 with the addition of the commodity fly ash. Later in that same year, the first Holcim cement cars were also unloaded. Both of these transload contracts were completed utilizing a semi-portable temporary system.

2011


By the spring of 2011, the construction and installation of a gravity unloading system and over 2,700 feet of rail track siding was completed and put into service. Because of the improved facilities, the cement car traffic accelerated very quickly. Unfortunately, the fly ash car count seen in the previous year did not sustain due to strains put on the rail system by the North Dakota Bakken Oil boom.

2012


On January 1, 2012, the company Rail to Road, Inc. was formed to provide services for current and anticipated requests of transload customers. This separation from Sweetman Construction Company ensured a continued focused vision to the transloading service and guaranteed its customer’s confidentiality.

2012


In the summer/fall of 2012, Rail to Road constructed and put into service over 6,000 tons of overhead storage and added an additional 1,200 feet of rail track siding. This overhead storage was constructed for dry bulk powdered products, specifically cement and fly ash. This large capital investment drastically improved the services offered to customers.

2013


Rail to Road partnered with Headwaters Resources during the summer and constructed a 23,000-ton fly ash storage and load-out facility south of Sioux City, IA, in the Port Neal landing area. This storage facility helps temper the seasonal demand volatility experienced in the fly ash industry.

2015


Rail to Road began providing services to W.R. Grace & Company. We transload and warehouse totes of concrete admixture in a facility near Tea, SD. The totes are delivered to the warehouse in over-the-road semi-trucks from the various manufacturing facilities; Rail to Road unloads them and warehouses the products in a climate-controlled environment. As W.R. Grace’s customers place orders, Rail to Road assists in loading the totes into tanker trucks for delivery to regional ready-mix plants. Even though this facility does not involve rail at all, it still falls well within our focus and expertise.