WEL Companies to build new facility in Gooding
WEL Companies, Inc – a national warehousing, transportation and storage company with 14 facilities throughout the United States – announces they will expand operations in Gooding, Idaho. WEL, headquartered in De Pere, Wisc., will take over the 120,000-square-foot former Kiefer Built building in Gooding’s Industrial Park.
“The Gooding location provides us with a large building capable of retrofitting for full refrigeration and is ideally located next to rail for more efficient transport of stored products to our customers throughout the country,” said Bruce Tielens, president and CEO of WEL Companies. “Along with good highway access, this Gooding facility will be a prime location for our storage and transport operations,” he said.
According to Greg Krall, northwest warehouse and operations manager, “The facility will be turned into all refrigerated space over the next several months to store dairy and food products, the main commodity that will be stored and transported out of this new facility.”
Trans docking will begin in the next few weeks with full operations ready once refrigeration changes are complete. Hiring and training for at least 15 commercial truck drivers and five warehouse staff will begin immediately. The College of Southern Idaho will be working with the company on developing truck driving training courses for the operation.
“We are delighted to welcome WEL to our city,” said Gooding mayor Duke Morton. “This is a good, solid company that will bring new jobs to our community. We look forward to working with them to build up our industrial park,” he said.
“This was a true Idaho team effort in support of recruiting this quality company to our region,” said Jan Rogers, executive director or Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization. “With the help of the City of Gooding, Idaho Department of Commerce, the Idaho Department of Labor, Region IV Development and many others, we were able to secure this new economic opportunity for our region.”
Family owned and operated for 35 years, WEL Companies is an asset-based trucking and warehouse company offering services in: 48 states with refrigerated transportation and a base of approximately 500 trucks, refrigerated and dry full service warehousing in 14 locations throughout the United States with over 1 million square feet of food grade facilities. The company also provides services in cheese buying and financing, WEL Logistics (brokerage), rail services, container drayage and stripping services and WEL Companies Tax Recovery Services. www.welcompanies.com
WEL has a satellite terminal/business office in Idaho Falls with 30 OTR drivers.
Energy Policy Insitute Report examines options for electric transmission line siting
The Energy Policy Institute (EPI), housed at Boise State University and part of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), recently released a study examining options to more effectively manage the National Environmental Policy Act process as it relates to public lands and electric transmission lines.
The report, “Transmission Siting and Public Lands: Options for Improvement and the Gateway West Case Study,” analyzes the Gateway West project – proposed to run more than 1,000 miles from Wyoming to near Melba, Idaho – as a case study to learn how to improve planning and siting transmission lines in the western U.S. The Western Governors’ Association funded the research, which provides options for federal and local governments, as well as project developers.
“Ultimately in the West, new high voltage electric transmission lines of long length will traverse both private property and public lands. However, a key challenge to that is the time it takes to navigate federal, state, and local permitting processes to arrive at a route that is acceptable to the public and regulators,” said David Solan, author of the report and director of EPI. “Transmission lines are needed to accommodate growth in the region, bring more renewably generated electricity to market, and provide grid stability. The question is how best to site needed infrastructure in the most appropriate places and in a timeframe that meets the public’s needs.”
In January, Solan presented preliminary results of the study at a meeting of the Western Interstate Energy Board’s (WIEB) State-Provincial Steering Committee. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Forest Service, the Western Electricity Coordinating Council and state public utilities commissions attended the presentation. The WIEB consists of 12 western states and three Canadian provinces working cooperatively to improve the delivery of power and the operation of the western interconnection.
The study complements a number of existing electric transmission projects by EPI. Ongoing research includes the development of an innovate and open source decision support tool for transmission line routing, best practices for interstate transmission line planning and siting, and an assessment of transmission line siting and permitting within Idaho.
The Energy Policy Institute is part of CAES, a public/private partnership between Boise State, the Idaho National Laboratory, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and private industry. EPI comprises core staff and affiliate policy researchers and educators from the four CAES institutions. EPI has the unique capability to match the know-how of CAES researchers and faculty to specific projects and the needs of stakeholders and funding agencies at the national, regional and local levels.