R.J. Corman Railroad Switching Company announced March 19 that it has begun operations for two new customers: New-Indy Containerboard, and a company described as “a market leader in the manufacturing of roofing granules [that] become part of roofing materials seen on millions of homes in the United States.”
In Catawba, S.C., pulp, paper and packaging products producer New-Indy Containerboard will, along with switching railcars, receive new locomotives and bring on 12 new employees under the leadership of R.J. Corman Director of Operations John Arnwine.
“Accurate, on-time movement of our finished products to customers is the base of New-Indy’s customer service,” said New-Indy Containerboard’s Brian Rankin. “R. J. Corman’s railroading experience, combined with its commitment to service, make this a great complement to the Catawba facility.”
In Little Rock, Ark., R.J. Corman will spot the roofing granule-producing company’s* empty covered hoppers for the loading of the finished product and pull the same to Union Pacific. Also, it will provide switching services and new railcars to the roofing granule manufacturer, which will also be bringing on 10 new employees under R.J. Corman Director of Operations Ken Dziwulski. In addition, R.J. Corman will move a 40-car train to and from the rock quarry as well as maintain the approximate 11 miles of track at the facility.
“We’re excited to continue to add services and customers,” said Paul Lauritzen, Vice President of Transportation, R.J. Corman Railroad Group. “We look forward to the strategic partnership we will provide for both companies.”
In addition to switching operations, R.J. Corman companies provide numerous services to the railroad industry, such as emergency response, track material distribution, track construction, short line railroad operations, signal design and construction, and building eco-friendly locomotives. All in all, R.J. Corman Railroad Group employs more than 1,500 people in 22 states.
*The roofing granule company requested that its name not be included in press information.