Union Pacific

The BNSF Ottumwa, Iowa, maintenance-of-way team recently achieved nine years injury-free. (BNSF Photograph)

Class I Briefs: BNSF, CSX, UP

A BNSF maintenance-of-way team in Iowa marks a safety milestone. Also, CSX joins Blue Star Families to ring the Nasdaq opening bell; and a Union Pacific (UP) Dispatching Director earns the “military-friendly” Patriot Award.

The Canada Infrastructure Bank has reached financial close on a C$150 million loan to Prince Rupert Port Authority for the first phase of CANXPORT, a new export logistics hub that will expand rail-to-container transloading at the CN-service Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia. (CNW Group/Canada Infrastructure Bank)

Intermodal Briefs: Port of Prince Rupert, UIPA

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) advances an export logistics hub project that will expand rail-to-container transloading at the CN-served Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia. Also, Utah Inland Port Authority’s (UIPA) industrial park in Cedar City earns Union Pacific’s (UP) Focus Site program designation for “shovel ready” sites.

Commentary

Timeless Union Pacific Shield Reflects Iconic Brand

The iconic Union Pacific Railroad shield with its distinctive red, white and blue color scheme dates back to an original design that’s more than 130 years old, making the logo one of the oldest in continuous use in the United States. The railroad often appears on top 10 lists of historic American brands, notably as the only railroad and only business without direct sales to the public.

People News: IntelliTrans, GATX, Port NOLA, STV

IntelliTrans hires Jim Bell as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Also, GATX Corporation (GATX) announces a transition plan for Vice President – Government and Industry Affairs at Rail North America; the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) appoints Ronald Wendel Jr. as Acting President and CEO of Port NOLA and Acting CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB); and STV promotes Philip Hanegraaf to Senior Vice President and Patricia Macchi to Vice President.

Third Coast is undertaking a rail expansion project within its Pearland, Tex., chemical plant, adding 40 railcar spots to accommodate increased demand for inbound and outbound rail movements. (Third Coast Photograph)

Industrial Development Briefs: Third Coast, UIPA

BNSF-served Third Coast, a chemical contract manufacturer, is expanding its Pearland, Tex., operations to better serve the U.S. Gulf Coast chemical industry. Also, Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) adopts the West Weber Project Area for industrial development near Union Pacific (UP).

Amsted Digital Solutions IQ Series gateway mounted on a railcar truck. (Amsted Digital Solutions Photograph)

RailPulse, Amsted Team on Telematics

Amsted Digital Solutions has signed a multi-year agreement allowing RailPulse™—the coalition established in late 2020 to “facilitate and accelerate the adoption of GPS and other telematics technology across the North American railcar network”—to act

Hon. Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (left), presented the Canadian Business Leader of the Year award to CN President and CEO Tracy Robinson. (CN Photograph)

Class I Briefs: CN, NS, UP

CN President and CEO Tracy Robinson earns the Canadian Business Leader of the Year award. Meanwhile, the Canadian Class I unveils a transload facility in Michigan and announces the ratification of a new collective agreement for Unifor-affiliated CNTL drivers. Also, Norfolk Southern (NS) and its CREATE Program partners mark their five-year commitment to STEM education in Chicago; and Union Pacific (UP) ranks on Fair360’s list of top companies for workplace fairness.

CN may continue work on its Milton intermodal terminal, which will include a rail yard with more than 12 miles of track, pending a decision by the Canadian Federal Appeal Court. It is being built in “a provincially designated significant employment zone,” on 400 of the 1,000 acres of land owned by CN east of Tremaine Road and south of Britannia Road in Milton, and adjacent to CN’s Halton Subdivision. (Screen-grab of CN video)

Class I Briefs: CN, UP

A Canadian federal judge is allowing, for now, continued construction of CN’s C$250 million Milton, Ontario, intermodal terminal. Also, Union Pacific (UP) earns 2023 Toyota Logistics Services awards.

The “half-mile stretch of railway” that SMC Global said it purchased in the Fairfax District of Kansas City runs directly behind its production location. (SMC Global Photograph)

SMC Global Eyes Kansas City Rail Service

Chemical products manufacturer and distributor SMC Global on May 9 reported acquiring property from Union Pacific (UP) to allow for future rail service to its Kansas City, Kans., production location. The “half-mile