The Hill Yard

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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby BostonUrbEx » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:03 am

atholrail wrote:Also Cains has closed up shop.

Wow, what happened? I thought that Ayer facility was just one of many Cains facilities around the country. But based on their website and some Google'ing, that was their headquarters and only facility.

EDIT: ... plant-2017

AYER -- The owner of the Cains Foods plant on East Main Street announced this week that it is closing the facility next year, potentially putting about 100 people out of work.

Bay Valley Foods, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TreeHouse Foods Inc., said production is expected to cease in the first quarter of next year, with full closure expected in the summer of 2017.

The plant primarily produces a variety of regionally branded and private-label spoonable dressings, including mayonnaise, tartar sauce, salad dressings and sandwich spread.

In a statement, Bay Valley Foods officials said the closing is the result of an "ongoing manufacturing network analysis" by the company for the purpose of maintaining "competitive costs, service levels and product quality."

Ron Bottrell, a spokesman for the company, said the Ayer plant is the smallest of four facilities that TreeHouse owns and which do similar work. He said products made locally will be moved to the other three manufacturing facilities, in North East, Pa.; Atlanta; or Buckner, Ky.

So I guess the Cains brand is kaput.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby MRY » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:13 am

Cains as an independent company has not existed for quite a while. Cains as a brand has lived on in 2 separate forms, the pickle brand is owned by Gedney Foods and the dressings/spreads brand is owned by treehouse.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby markhb » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:36 am

Did Cains ship out by rail?

Regardless of the above, they had better not change their mayo recipe as part of the move! They could probably make even more money pushing the "all natural" angle today than they did when I was a kid (read the label sometime... still no preservatives).
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby newpylong » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:40 am

A bit of info for the list:

Ayer IM running at 160% capacity currently due to parking shortage. New GMX warehouse currently being constructed off Track 11, current GMX warehouse to be bulldozed for more parking.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby jaymac » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:02 am

Good news!
Recognition and remediation of capacity issues are major steps forward. Hopefully others will follow and quickly.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby CPF363 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:13 pm

newpylong wrote:A bit of info for the list:

Ayer IM running at 160% capacity currently due to parking shortage. New GMX warehouse currently being constructed off Track 11, current GMX warehouse to be bulldozed for more parking.

Any interest in re-configuring or adding any new tracks in the yard. There is an open swath of empty land between the freight portion of the yard and the intermodal terminal. Surprising that Guilford did not keep the intermodal yard on the western side of the Hill Yard as it was in the 1990s and did not buy more land adjacent to the yard from Fort Devens when it was available.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:57 pm

NS interest?...absolutely. And I'm sure they'd love to get that place modernized like Mickeyville and CSX-Worcester so it's moving loads with more optimal throughput in addition to revamping the physical storage. But does the Billericadome care about stepping up to take any initiative on that, or chuck in 1¢ beyond its minimum-most passive contractual obligation for match-funding a wholly NS-led renovation project? Somehow I doubt Hill's going to get the full-and-total "pimp my yard" treatment until after NS is calling all shots. They'll probably do some things in the meantime because running that far over-capacity has negative consequences for the railroad, but as long as NS is dragging Billerica kicking and screaming into capital investments the fixes are more likely to be reactive in nature and limited in scope rather than paying the going rate to develop and pursue a full-on site master plan for Hill like they did when reanimating Mickeyville.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby atholrail » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:25 pm

Heard the new GMX building will fit 15? cars inside and 10 outside. Also heard UPS has been looking for property around the Hill for some sort of a transfer facility. A lot of the Ayer local traffic is supposed to move to Fitchburg after the Fitchburg yard is rebuilt...still waiting on that though.
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby johnpbarlow » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:43 am

Interestingly, a search of GMX Ayer, MA provides an address of 133 Barnum Rd. But when one looks at the area via Google Maps, Tighe Warehousing and Distribution shows up at 133 Barnum Rd. What is the relationship between GMX and Tighe, if any? At any rate, is this the warehouse that handles the inbound paper transload between box car and container? Also does this warehouse handle outbound recycled paper loading into box cars?

On a related note, I've heard that loaded Eimskip containers are drayed to an A Duie Pyle warehouse in Clinton for Poland Springs distribution to Southern New England so GMX Ayer isn't involved in Poland Springs, correct?
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Re: The Hill Yard

Postby newpylong » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:30 am

That's the GMX building Tighe is a lessee. All loads of paper in. yes transload.

The warehouse is not involved in the water that I know of.
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