OmniTRAX Named Tulsa Port’s ‘Exclusive’ Rail Partner

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
OmniTRAX has been named exclusive rail operator for Tulsa Ports.

OmniTRAX has been named exclusive rail operator for Tulsa Ports.

Railroad and transportation management company OmniTRAX has been selected as the exclusive rail partner for multi-modal shipping complex Tulsa Port of Catoosa, Oklahoma’s $300 million inland port—one of the largest in the U.S., providing access for thousands of barges to move millions of tons of freight to and from America’s heartland.

This long-term partnership with the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, manager and operator of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, went into effect on Aug. 18, reported OmniTRAX, the transportation affiliate of The Broe Group.

OmniTRAX, which owns and manages 24 rail operations and real estate developments throughout the U.S. and Canada, said the agreement with Tulsa Ports provides “new and existing OmniTRAX customers an efficient, central hub to reach local, Midwest and Southwest markets.” The new Port of Catoosa Industrial Railroad (PCIR) expands OmniTRAX’s Oklahoma presence from its original Sand Springs commercial development and rail operations. As part of the new port partnership, OmniTRAX said it will collaborate with state and local officials to attract new park projects that increase economic development within the region.

“The Port of Catoosa provides exceptional access to America’s heartland, and we are excited to contribute an unmatched service product and demonstrated record of growth across commodities to continue the port’s growth,” said OmniTRAX CEO Dean Piacente. “OmniTRAX has the top safety and service record in the industry, which means customers can count on us to keep their commodities, manufacturing and materials shipments moving.”

“Tulsa Ports looks forward to our new partnership with OmniTRAX and the opportunities to jointly grow rail-based tonnage and to bring new commodities and customers to our Port Industrial complex,” said Port Director David Yarbrough. “The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is a critical component of the state of Oklahoma’s economic engine, providing barge, rail and truck transportation options to the region and providing thousands of manufacturing and agriculture-based jobs. We believe that OmniTRAX has the capabilities to enhance and grow our business.”

According to OmniTRAX, the Port of Catoosa, which also includes a 2,000-acre industrial park, has seen 90 million tons of waterborne freight pass through it since its opening in 1971.

The Borger Fire Department in Texas received a $4,000 donation from PNR in honor of Brenntag Southeast, Chevron, Phillips 66 and Orion, the railroad’s 2021 Safe Shipper Award recipients.

Separately, OmniTRAX affiliate Panhandle Northern Railroad, LLC (PNR) presented on Aug. 16 a $4,000 donation to the Borger Fire Department in Texas on behalf of PNR’s four 2021 Safe Shipper Award recipients: Brenntag Southeast, Chevron, Phillips 66 and Orion.

The donation was presented at a ceremony honoring the recipients of the award, which “recognizes companies that model exemplary shipping safety or receiving loaded cars with no accidental releases during the previous year.”

“OmniTRAX is proud to recognize our PNR shipping partners that have posted a spotless shipping safety record,” said OmniTRAX Senior Vice President of Operations John Bradley. “The Safe Shipper Award recognizes consistency and commitment, and this year’s award winners have served their customers and the local community well.”

“Community safety is our highest priority, and The Borger Fire Department values our local partners that share the common goal of keeping Borger’s people and property safe,” said Fire Chief Mike Galloway. “This donation provides invaluable funding that enables our team to serve the community.”

The Borger Fire Department serves the City of Borger and outlying areas in a total response area greater than 450 square miles.

In July, Railway Age reported that Newburgh & South Shore Railroad (NSR) presented a $1,000 donation to the Cuyahoga Heights Fire Department in honor of Charter Steel, the railroad’s 2011 Safe Shipper Award winner.

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