Thursday, September 21, 2017

RSI numbers: 260, 756, 44, 281

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The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) unveiled an analysis of the economic role its 260-plus member companies play in the U.S. economy during Railway Interchange 2017 in Indianapolis. The analysis shows that RSI members represent more than 756 rail supply locations in 44 states in 281 congressional districts.

The ongoing mapping project provides an overview of member company headquarters, manufacturing facilities, sales offices and other locations. It “helps RSI clearly demonstrate to policymakers and others the importance of its railway supply industry members,” said RSI Vice President Government Affairs Nicole Brewin.

“As the U.S. economy depends upon railroads to move freight and people safely and efficiently, railroads depend on our member companies to manufacture and invest in the research and technology needed to keep our country moving and growing,” Brewin said. “This mapping project shows that our members are predominately small, main street manufacturers located across the U.S., in places where the employment opportunities and economic contributions they provide truly matter to their communities. This new tool will be updated annually to help RSI track the importance of our member companies to both state and national economic growth.”

The results of the project were shared by RSI at a presentation during Railway Interchange.

Editor’s Commentary: There is strength in numbers. We see no reason why REMSA and RSSI should not work together with RSI to prepare a consolidated report, updated annually, that covers ALL railway industry suppliers, freight and passenger, for legislators and policymakers at all levels—local, regional, state and federal. And while we’re at it, let’s incorporate AAR, ASLRRA and APTA. After all, isn’t this supposed to be ONE industry? – William C. Vantuono

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