The Northern Ohio & Western Railway received the 2017 CSX Short Line Development Award at the 2018 CSX Short Line Workshop in St. Augustine, Fla.
The award, which recognizes the “Cooperative efforts that generated the highest switch carrier carload percentage growth,” was accepted by Doug Ernstes, Vice President of Business Development at OmniTRAX, parent of NOW.
The short line earned the honor for a switching volume increase of more than 150% in 2017, which resulted from additional covered hoppers of lime shipped from Carmeuse Lime, headquartered in Pittsburgh.
“The OmniTRAX team is very pleased to earn this award from CSX. In the railroad business, it’s not easy to double your business in 10 years let alone one, so we’re very proud of the hard work and collaboration of Tim Schumm, and the entire NOW Team that made it happen,” said Kevin Shuba, Chief Executive of OmniTRAX.
In addition to Ernstes, OmniTRAX was represented at the event by Peter Touesnard, Chief Commercial Officer; David Rohal, Senior Vice President of Customer & Class I Relations; Gord Anutooshkin, Senior Vice President of Operations; Wally Sieruga, Vice President of Operations; Steve Ward, Vice President of Engineering; Allan Thiem, Vice President of Class I Relations; Matt Despos, Vice President of Operations, and Jeff Burns, Commercial and Marketing Support Manager.
The NOW operates more than 25 miles of track southeast of Toledo, extending from Woodville to Tiffin, Ohio. NOW serves customers such as Ameriwood Industries, Carmeuse Lime, Kokosing, Laminate Technologies, MGQ Asphalt Terminal and National Machinery, and the primary commodities transported are limestone, lime and pressed board.