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It's a project that's been in the works for nearly 2 decades.

The Clinton Rail Park, a mile long stretch of track to bring in new businesses to Clinton.

Today leaders cut the ribbon on it's first tenants - Rail-One - a company that makes rail road ties.  

In the big picture, it's just one business, but to many in Clinton, it's being viewed as much more than that. 

"It's one of the most exciting days of my mayoral term," says Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich.

He saw the whole idea for a rail park as a strong tax base for the city start 17 years ago. 

Today, it's become a reality, and a major boost for Clinton. 

"It opens up our rail park, it shows we have businesses," he explains. "they have a contract with Union Pacific. We have another business next door a rail road recycling business opening in a few months."

The business officially opening today is Rail One, already a major business in Germany and Europe.

In Clinton, they will be making cement rail ties, but what do those do?

Over time, they will be replacing the wooden ties on Union Pacific rails.

The wood gets damaged and warped quickly, needing to be replaced within seven years or so. 

The cement ones being made by Rail One will last 30-40 years and allow trains to travel faster with substantially more cargo.

But, Rail One is just a gateway. 

Once more businesses move into the rail park, the mayor says it will provide thousands, if not millions of dollars in new tax revenue for the city. 

And that, is good for everyone. 

"It's opened up some high paying jobs in Clinton, it's also increased the tax base," says Vulich. "It shows what we've worked on for so many years, and now, it's a reality." 

First shift workers have been working at rail one since January.  

More workers are in the process of being hired right now for second shift.  

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