William Clark joins R&N coal group

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Reading & Northern Railroad has named William Clark as Senior Vice President Coal, where he will be responsible for managing the anthracite coal business, as well as the railroad’s freight car fleet of more than 1,200 cars. His appointment is effective March 1.

Clark joins Reading & Northern from Talen Energy (formerly PPL) where he managed logistics, coal purchasing and the oversight of a fleet of more than 2,000 railcars serving four power plants. Prior to joining Talen/PPL, Clark spent 14 years at Norfolk Southern, and has also worked at the Chicago South Shore & South Bend and Iowa Interstate railroads.

Michael Sharadin, Assistant Vice president Coal Marketing and Steve Werley, Customer Service Manager for the anthracite business, will assist Clark in his new position. Clark will report to R&N President Wayne Michel.

“We are excited to have Bill join our team,” said Michel. “The roots of our railroad are in the anthracite business; a business that was crucial to the growth of our region and the nation. We have seen evidence of a growing interest in anthracite use in the domestic steel business and for exports. Having Bill join our team at this critical juncture gives us our best opportunity to help our customers, who mine almost all of the North American anthracite, in their efforts to get their material to end users. In addition, Bill’s 30-plus years of experience in railroad marketing will make him an invaluable resource to all of us at the Reading & Northern as we continue to grow our business.”



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