Left: Michael Donfris, Chief Financial Officer, R.J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC. Right: Kevin Shuba, The Broe Group

High Profile: OmniTRAX CEO Shuba Moves to Parent Company; R.J. Corman Names Donfris CFO

Kevin Shuba, who has served as CEO of OmniTRAX since 2013, has accepted a new role with the short line railroad and transportation management company’s parent organization, The Broe Group. R.J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC has appointed Michael Donfris as Chief Financial Officer.

Salt Lake Garfield & Western Railway represents the first “bolt-on acquisition” by Patriot since Sydney, Australia-based global asset manager First Sentier Investors acquired Patriot in October 2019. (Photo by James Belmont.)

Small Road News: OmniTRAX, Patriot Rail, RBMN Boosting Business

Denver-based OmniTRAX is connecting rail-served properties along its 113-mile Illinois Railway (IR) with customers interested in locating there. Additionally, Jacksonville, Fla.-based Patriot Rail Co. LLC is acquiring 26-mile Salt Lake Garfield & Western Railway (SLGW) in Utah and its storage and transload service providers, Caballero LLC and Caballero 2 LLC. As well, Reading & Northern Railroad (RBMN) opened a new transload facility for a Delta, Ohio-based steel mill.

The 509-mile NKCR will use U.S. DOT funding, and a private-sector match, to renovate more than 100 miles of track in western Nebraska and eastern Colorado.

Small Road News: NKCR Receives CRISI Grant, Patriot Rail & Ports Names AVP Sales

Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway (NKCR) has received a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, as part of the FY 2020 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program. Additionally, Patriot Rail & Ports has hired Roquita C. Williams to join the commercial team as Assistant Vice President Sales.

OmniTRAX: Building Business in Brownsville

OmniTRAX is bringing the Rail-Ready Sites program to its 45-mile Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railway (BRG) in Cameron County, Texas. The Broe Group affiliate is partnering with Greater Brownsville Economic Development Corp. (GBEDC) to connect rail-served properties with customers interested in locating in the area—near the Port of Brownsville and Mexico.

Through the Rail-Ready Sites program, OmniTRAX and Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership are marketing three initial sites to shippers along the Northern Ohio & Western Railway (NOW).

Small Road News: OmniTRAX, Watco, Anacostia Launch Growth Initiatives

Denver-based OmniTRAX is linking rail-served properties along its 25-mile Northern Ohio & Western Railway (NOW) with customers interested in locating there, in coordination with the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, which serves the counties of Tiffin and Seneca, Ohio. Additionally, Watco Companies, LLC, will lease and operate a line from CN subsidiary Wisconsin Central Ltd. in Illinois. Previously known as the Phoenix Line, Watco’s new subsidiary is now called the Elwood Joliet & Southern Railroad (EJSR). The Jeffersonville RiverRail Terminal in Indiana is set to open early next year, to be served by Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC), an Anacostia Rail Holdings Co. subsidiary, and American Commercial Barge Line.

At the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, Anthony S. Kazakevicius takes over as Director of Sales and Marketing.

New Hires for Chicago South Shore, Broe Real Estate Group

The Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad (CSS), an Anacostia Rail Holdings Co. subsidiary, has appointed a new sales and marketing director, and Broe Real Estate Group (BREG) has announced new national industrial team assignments.

OmniTRAX Brings Rail-Ready Sites Program to Georgia & Florida Railway

OmniTRAX, Inc., an affiliate of The Broe Group, will connect rail-served properties along its 222-mile Georgia & Florida Railway (GFRR) with customers interested in locating there through its Rail-Ready Sites program.

OmniTRAX Bringing Rail-Ready Program to Greater Savannah Area

OmniTRAX Inc., an affiliate of The Broe Group, is launching its Rail-Ready Sites program at Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub in coordination with the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA). The Rail-Ready Sites program connects customers looking to maximize supply chain performance with rail-served properties.

Founding Board Member to Lead OmniTRAX Audit Committee

OmniTRAX, an affiliate of The Broe Group, has announced that Mike Brothers will chair its newly established Audit Committee, which will be comprised of OmniTRAX board members, Broe family members and management representatives, and commences its work immediately.

OmniTRAX Bringing Rail-Ready Program to CRL

OmniTRAX, an affiliate of The Broe Group, is working with the Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC) to launch its Rail-Ready Sites program at the Chicago Rail Link (CRL). The Rail-Ready Sites program connects customers looking to maximize supply chain performance with rail-served properties.

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