Four years ago, the Cemex cement company was in the Riverfront district as was a section of Sierra Northern Railroad track. West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon says the company and the track needed to move.
CABALDON: "You couldn't put a loft or a restaurant right on top of a rail line, so what we did was encourage Cemex here to the Port and to expand and to modernize. And so their new facility allows them to handle a lot more product, but it's also in an industrial sector."
With the move, the Riverwalk took shape, but Cemex no longer had access to the railroad. It had to truck in loads of cement at a greater cost and with greater exhaust emissions, or pass on projects because importing was just too expensive.
With the new section of track, the company is once again connected. The Port can now supply Cemex and the rest of the region with millions of pounds of goods without the cost of trucking them in from other ports.
Cabaldon says the city is in talks with half a dozen other companies to bring more businesses down to set up at the port.