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November 20, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • CN, Progress Rail a boon to Wisconsin city
    Progressive Rail invested $5 million in private funding to install two passing tracks north of Chippewa Falls, Wis. "Progressive has put that investment in for improvements ... and it's a huge win for Chippewa businesses," said Charlie Walker, head of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corp. Canadian National also developed an intermodal facility in the area, and Walker said he believes the addition of the tracks and CN's facility will help bring more businesses. The Chippewa Herald (Wis.) (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NS dedicates new Atlanta facility to Hubert Rose
    Norfolk Southern dedicated a welding facility in Atlanta in honor of Hubert Rose, former senior assistant vice president of maintenance of way and structures and planning. "Hubert Rose was an industry leader in the maintenance of rail infrastructure, and he is the person most identified with helping Norfolk Southern take advantage of the benefits of continuous-welded rail, saving millions of dollars in maintenance costs and preventing derailments," said NS Chairman, President and CEO Wick Moorman. (11/19), RT&S online (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Manufacturing returns but without blue-collar jobs
    Manufacturing is growing fast in the U.S. and other major economies but the nature of factory work has changed and the number of traditional factory jobs has decreased, according to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute. Worldwide manufacturing contributed to 37% of productivity growth between 1995 and 2005, but employment fell 24% in that period, the study found. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Negotiations over "fiscal cliff" deal beginning
    Lawmakers say they're optimistic the fiscal negotiations will yield a workable solution to the nation's deficit problems, but neither side has yet shown willingness to give ground on tax and entitlement reform. Republicans in particular have little incentive to strike a quick compromise deal, David Frum notes. "The president will never again be stronger than he is this month. The later into his presidency this deal is done, the better deal Republicans will get," he writes. The Daily Beast/Newsweek (11/18), CNN/Political Ticker blog (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chicago-St. Louis HSR project could create 6,200 jobs
    The proposed Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project could provide more than 6,200 jobs. The project has moved closer to reality with federal approval of its environmental impact statement. "This historic achievement advances the crucial Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project while signifying that all environmental impacts and route alternatives have been analyzed to determine the best option," said Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. (11/19), (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Security 
  • CN, Operation Lifesaver educate children on rail safety in Miss.
    Canadian National partnered with Operation Lifesaver to teach children in DeSoto County, Miss., about the importance of train safety. The children were treated to a ride on CN's "Little Obie" train after the presentation. "The whole idea is safety," said Steven Solomon, CN special agent. "We're trying to teach them that trains can be anywhere, and they have to be safe around them. We focus a lot of schools, but we really take our message to all kinds of groups." The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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