Carbon Coal Road to undergo $23M reconstruction in support

(October 23, 2019 – Gallup, New Mexico) Gallup Land Partners has announced that Stone Material Handling of Saginaw, Michigan, will be a new rail tenant at the Gallup Energy Logistics Park (GELP). GELP is a master-planned, 2,500-acre rail-served industrial park that is a BNSF Railway Certified Site. Stone Transport will secure approximately 11,000 linear feet of the park’s current 20,000 linear foot rail capacity, complimenting current tenant GCC Energy. Unit-train operations of materials destined for the San Juan Energy Basin have begun, with an already proven capacity of over 100 truck transloads per day.

To support this growth, McKinley County and the NM Department of Transportation will undertake a complete reconstruction of Carbon Coal Road; a 5.1-mile road connecting the Gallup Energy Logistics Park to US Hwy 491 utilizing $23M in state capital outlay appropriations.  Construction is expected to begin in 2020.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new tenant and create new jobs that support local economic growth,” stated Martin O’Malley, General Manager. “Initially, we anticipate the creation of 12 new positions for loaders/railcar operators supporting numerous truck driver positions.” Gallup Land Partners will work with the GGEDC’s Industrial Workforce program to support their training and place graduates in these new jobs.

“Our belief in Gallup is reflected in our investments in the area, and we are thrilled to help develop and grow the northwest region of New Mexico,” stated Robert Roche, President, Roche Enterprises, the parent company of Gallup Land Partners.  “Our partnerships with the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation (GGEDC), the City of Gallup, McKinley County, and the New Mexico Department of Transportation has been invaluable in moving this project forward.”

Since 2013, Gallup Land Partners has invested more than $40M into the Gallup area, and Gallup Land Partners spent $1.03 million (USD) on locally-sourced materials during construction.


Gallup Energy Logistics Park, LLC (GELP) is a rail-served industrial park ideally located to serve the light manufacturing, storage, trans loading, and logistics industries of northwest New Mexico, the San Juan Energy Basin, and the Four Corners Region. Located northwest of the city of Gallup, New Mexico, GELP offers direct access to the BNSF Southern Transcon Line and close proximity to I-40, and highways 491 and 602. A 365-acre parcel of the property is one of 10 sites in the country that has received certification as part of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway’s site certification program.