Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Iowa Interstate opens locomotive maintenance shop

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Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. (IAIS) Wednesday said it has opened a new locomotive maintenance shop and crew change center near South Amana, Iowa.

The new facility encompasses 30,000 square feet and includes overhead cranes, fall protection, and underground walkways to increase efficiency and safety. Up to four locomotives can be worked on indoors at one time. Fueling and standing stations, and a locomotive wash bay, are also part of the facility, which will employ roughly 40 people.

The facility has been formally designated as the Dennis H. Miller Locomotive Maintenance Works, honoring the company's former president, who served in that capacity from July 15, 2004 until April 30, 2012, the company said.

"We are very pleased to be dedicating this magnificent new locomotive shop in Denny's honor," said Rail Development Corp. President Robert A. "Bob" Pietrandrea. "It is a fitting way to recognize the many accomplishments that were achieved under his direction."

Added IAIS Chairman Henry Posner III, "The impact of Denny's leadership can be felt in every aspect of Iowa Interstate, ranging from our safety record and traffic growth to our rebuilt main line and the GE locos that this facility will serve. It is therefore appropriate that our largest-ever investment be named in his honor."