R. J. Corman unit earns Toyota pact

Written by Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor
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The R. J. Corman Railroad Switching Company has provided switching services for Toyota Tupelo since 2011. Photo: R.J. Corman

R. J. Corman Switching Company, LLC was awarded work as the automotive loading provider at four of Toyota’s North American’s locations: Georgetown, Ky., Tupelo, Miss., Princeton, Ind., and San Antonio, Texas.


Corman has performed work for the past seven years at the Tupelo plant and six years at the Georgetown plant; the new contract runs through 2021. The company commenced work at Princeton and San Antonio as of Jan. 1.

The rail services provider performs switch, prep and loading of railcars, as well as track maintenance. R. J. Corman began working with Toyota when it started a turn-key operation for the Tupelo plant.

Since 2011, R. J. Corman has handled approximately two million Toyota vehicles, and will be handling all new vehicles produced by Toyota nationwide, as well as providing rail switching and track maintenance services under the new contract.

“This was a team win for R. J. Corman. It was a cumulative effort from all of the core leadership at the company, and is a direct result of the safe, high-quality work that our employees provide to Toyota and others”, said Chris Stevens, Vice President of Operations for R. J. Corman Switching Company. “This will expand on our rapport with the great team at Toyota, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with this remarkable client.”

The company is providing and maintaining locomotives, work trucks, fleet vehicles and additional pieces of specialty equipment between all four locations. Staffing is expanding at Georgetown by 40 employees; 85 at Princeton, and 75 at San Antonio.

“R. J. Corman has proven performance in the areas of quality and safety in our current operations,” said D’Anne Duclos, Vice President, Toyota Logistic Services. “We look forward to our continued partnership in additional locations.”

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