Welcome to the West Central Ohio Port Authority


The West Central Ohio Port Authority (WESTCO) was created by the Boards of County Commissioners of Champaign, Clark, and Fayette counties pursuant to Chapter 4582 of the Ohio Revised Code for the public purpose of preserving railroad assets and providing for the continued operation of rail freight services. The port authority is now in its 25th year supporting industry and agri-business in the region.
WESTCO has a board of seven directors. The directors are appointed by agreement among the participating counties. The board is responsible for the governing of the port authority pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code and the board's adopted rules and regulations. The secretary/treasurer is the point of contact for the board.
WESTCO owns 94 miles of railroad track in Champaign, Clark, Fayette, Logan, and Madison counties. The Indiana & Ohio Railway Company (IORY) provides the freight service on the line. The IORY is a regional railroad based in Cincinnati, with both owned and leased track in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. The IORY is a unit of Genesee & Wyoming, Inc., a railroad operating company. See www.gwrr.com for more information.
The extensive interchange opportunities offered by the IORY provides for competitive freight rates and options in sourcing raw materials and shipping finished products. WESTCO, the IORY and area development officials work together to provide a wide range of support programs for businesses desiring rail freight services, either at your existing or planned facility or at a nearby rail-to-truck re-load location.


WESTCO board meetings are held in the Springview Government Center 1st floor conference room. The address for the Springview Government Center is 3130 E. Main Street, Springfield, Ohio 45505.


WESTCO monthly meetings are held each month except for February, April, and October. The March meeting is the annual meeting and is held at a different location. Please contact staff for the location each year.

Benefits of Shipping by WESTCO Rail


  • Connectivity through the IORY to transport goods across the United States and Canada



  • More economical to ship bulk products by rail than by trucking
  • Access to two designated      mega sites



  • Ability to utilize double stack container shipments for     added efficiency
  • Most environmentally friendly and fuel efficient way to transport bulk commodities



  • One train can transport the equivalent of over 250 trucks