Tuesday, April 10, 2012

R.J. Corman partners with Toyota

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R.J. Corman Railroad Group says that R.J. Corman Switching Co. has formed a partnership with Toyota to provide railcar switching, vehicle shuttling, vehicle loading, and track maintenance at the new Blue Springs, Miss., Toyota Corolla plant.

To support these activities, R.J. Corman Switching Co. is currently leasing an eco-friendly, 1400 horsepower RP14BD GenSet locomotive from its sister company, R.J. Corman Railpower Locomotives.

By choosing the RP14BD to help fulfill the contract, R.J. Corman and Toyota expects to improve operating costs with up to 55% reduction in fuel consumption and extended maintenance intervals. The companies will also reduce their environmental footprint up to 90% (NOx) through Tier III off-highway Deutz engines, automatic engine idle reduction, and other features unique to Railpower locomotives.

"It was a proud moment for me to be involved with the successful marriage of two R.J. Corman companies, resulting in reliable, cost-effective, and clean service to a valued customer like Toyota," said Vice President, Operations Michael Wester.