GREENWICH, Conn. — Genesee & Wyoming Inc. has acquired the Georgia Southwestern Railroad, Inc. for cash consideration of approximately $16.5 million and the assumption of $5.4 million in debt, subject to adjustment for final working capital.
Headquartered in Dawson, Ga., the Georgia Southwestern operates over 220 miles of track between White Oak, Ala., and Smithville, Ga.; Cuthbert, Ga., and Bainbridge, Ga. and in and around Columbus, Ga. The Georgia Southwestern connects to GWI’s Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad in Saffold, Ga., via trackage rights.
The Georgia Southwestern has 20 employees and 10 locomotives and carries approximately 10,000 carloads per year, primarily serving customers in the peanut, general agriculture, aggregate, animal feed and ethanol storage markets. It interchanges with Norfolk Southern, CSXT and the Heart of Georgia Railroad.
The Georgia Southwestern will be managed as part of GWI’s Southern Region under the leadership of GWI Senior Vice President Gerald T. Gates. GWI expects the acquisition will be immediately accretive to its earnings per share.