Brookhaven Rail Terminal

The Joint Venture Partners:

 

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1. SILLS ROAD REALTY LLC

N.Y. State Incorporation: July 27, 2006

Incorporator: ANDREW KAUFMAN

This entity was formed to acquire property and have it developed as a rail terminal that would be used principally for bringing stone in from upstate for distribution on LI. In May 2007 Sills Road Realty LLC purchased the current 28-acre parcel of real estate from Brookhaven Energy LLC in which to develop the Brookhaven Rail Terminal. There is no common ownership between Sills Road and U.S. Rail. Nor is there any connection or interrelatedness between U.S. Rail and Suffolk & Southern.

 

2. SUFFOLK & SOUTHERN RAIL ROAD LLC

Formed: September 08, 2006

Incorporator: ANDREW KAUFMAN

Suffolk & Southern is a partner in Sills Road Realty and was initially-formed to become a common rail carrier but never received such status from the Surface Transportation Board. Suffolk & Southern currently serves as an investor at the Brookhaven Rail Terminal.

 

3. SILLS ROAD MATERIALS LLC

Formed: June 07, 2007

Incorporator: ANDREW KAUFMAN

Sills Road Materials is the primary customer of the Brookhaven Rail Terminal. They have inter-related ownership with Empire Asphalt and Scatt Materials. (Universal Ready Mix, Empire Asphalt, and Prima Asphalt and Concrete are also related companies according to the Manta website (Universal Ready Mix listing).

 

4. LANDBRIDGE MATERIALS, LLC

Formed: June 26, 2007

Incorporator: ANDREW KAUFMAN

Landbridge Materials is an integrated materials company with multiple NY and NJ operations that include quarries, asphalt plants, recycling plants and rail terminals. They provide crushed stone, asphalt, sand, gravel, and recycled materials. They are part of the Landbridge Group and Andrew Kaufman is also the President. This entity is comprised of several other companies which include: Landbridge Project Management: a consulting group with expertise in rail terminal development, commercialization of recycling technology, waste disposal and specialized transportation logistics projects. They are involved in commercial land and rail development projects in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey; Landbridge Intermodal Equipment: specializes in the sale, rental and leasing of new and used yard switchers, ISO shipping containers, intermodal container chassis, trailers and other transportation equipment. This business component is located in New Jersey. Landbridge specializes in handling total sale; from location of equipment, inspection, transportation and finance.

 

5. D.A. COLLINS CONSTRUCTION CO., INC

Formed: Pre 1950

Owner: D.A. Collins

Located in Saratoga Springs & Mechanicsville they own and operate Jointa Galusha LLC and Pallette Stone Co., quarries, along with trucking companies and a concrete business. They are the primary source of stone to the BRT. (D.A. Collins is one of the BRT joint venture partners. Sills Road Material and D.A. Collins are further ‘related’ in that an affiliate of Pallette Stone is building the BRT.

 

6. PRATT BROTHERS, INC.

Formed: July 18, 2002

Owner: James Pratt

Pratt Bros Inc. of Bay Shore, according to court transcripts, is a subcontractor hired by Adjo to perform certain construction activities at the Brookhaven Rail Terminal site. They have been identified as a joint venture partner in the media.

 

7. WATRAL BROTHERS, INC.

Formed: June 22, 1967

Owner: Jake Watral

Watral & Sons, Inc., also according to court transcripts is a subcontractor hired by Adjo to perform certain construction activities at the Brookhaven Rail Terminal site. They have been identified as a joint venture partner in the media.

 

8. U.S. RAIL CORPORATION (www.usrailcorp.com)

Formed: 11/17/1993 in Ohio

Owner: Hall Family

U.S. Rail is a Class III carrier railroad.1 U.S. Rail Corporation operates in Ohio, Indiana, New York, and U.S. Rail New Jersey. U.S. Rail & Sills Road Realty executed a "Railroad Operating Agreement and Property Lease on August 8, 2007. The Lease is for the 28-acre industrial site, has a 30-year term and an annual rent of $1,000. Under the terms of the Lease, U.S. Rail has no obligation to pay property taxes and was paid a signing bonus of $10,000. Further, U.S Rail obligated itself to pay for the $5,450,000 of rail construction improvements and equipment and the lease for the property can be terminated on 90-days’ notice. There is no express provision for repayment of the $5,450,000 in construction improvements and equipment.

In January 2011 the corporate structure of this “family-owned business” changed. U.S. Rail President Gabriel D. Hall filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for corporate restructure. He created U.S. Rail New York (USR-NY). In doing so USR-NY acquired the leasehold rights and construction and operation rights of U.S. Rail Corporation for Brookhaven Rail Terminal. USR-NY facilitated financing for the 1 1 Class III is defined as a railroad with annual operating revenue of less than $20 million and is one that is a local short line railroad, serving a very small number of customers or industries over a limited distance. approved construction and subsequent carrier operations. U.S. Rail New York, LLC was formed in the State of Michigan on 12-3-2010 as a domestic limited liability corporation.

 

9. ADJO CONTRACTING CORP.

N.Y. State Incorporation: April 5, 1971

Owner: Joseph Bongiorno, III

Adjo is the general contractor hired by U.S. Rail to grade and excavate the site on which the Brookhaven Rail Terminal is to be constructed. U.S. Rail & Sills Road Realty entered into an “Excavation Agreement” with Adjo on August 8, 2007. It allows Adjo Contracting to sell the sand it excavates from the property and be paid from the proceeds of the sale of the sand up to $3,000,000 plus a 25% fee for all of its costs. For their part, U.S. Rail & Sills gets up to $6,000,000 plus 50% of all revenue over Adjo’s expenses.

 

 

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