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March 5, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • UP's Jim Young awarded for "profits with integrity"
    Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young was recently honored with the Beacon of Ethics Award for his leadership skills, empowerment of employees and customer-focused mindset, according to the Business Ethics Alliance. "Mr. Young's example of profits with integrity provides a role model for our entire business and civic community -- from students and young professionals to seasoned executives," said Beverly Kracher, Business Ethics Alliance executive director. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cold Train plans expansion in Chicago due to "tremendous success"
    Cold Train is planning to expand its office facilities with a new building in Chicago this year. "We've had tremendous success moving fresh and frozen food products from Washington State and Oregon to the Midwest and East Coast following the start of our Cold Train Service and opening of our Washington office in 2010," said Cold Train President Steven Lawson. Since 2010, BNSF has been a partner for the refrigerated intermodal service. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • UP's intermodal hub attracts logistics development in Texas
    Union Pacific's Dallas Intermodal Terminal in Texas is one factor behind Xebec Realty Partners and CT Realty Investors' 9-million-square-foot distribution and logistics development project. "Investing in buildings that are strategically located near ports and intermodal facilities and that meet the demands of today's most progressive logistics users is at the heart of our strategy for what will become one of the premier master planned logistics parks in the DFW Metroplex," said Randy Kendrick, Xebec Realty Partners CEO. American City Business Journals/Dallas (3/4), (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $35M S.C. port project seeks NS rail connection
    An estimated $35 million South Carolina Inland Port project will expand the market reach of the Port of Charleston, S.C., through a connection with Norfolk Southern. NS is partnering with the South Carolina Ports Authority for the project, which "leverages the best capabilities of NS and SCPA and will provide new, cost-effective, rail-based intermodal solutions that should benefit all of the shippers in the upstate South Carolina region," said Mike McClellan, NS vice president of intermodal and automotive marketing. RT&S online (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • Obama announces nominees for top Energy Dept., EPA posts
    President Barack Obama formally announced Gina McCarthy and Ernest Moniz as his nominees to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, respectively. "They're going to be making sure we're investing in American energy, that we're doing everything we can to combat the threat of climate change, that we’re going to be creating jobs and economic opportunity," Obama said. If Congress fails to create an emissions-reduction policy, then executive authority would be implemented to reach that objective, he added. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (3/4), Reuters (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Security 
  • KCSM launches rail system for improved safety in Mexico
    Kansas City Southern de Mexico has launched a Broken Rail Detection system to enhance safety through the prevention of incidents due to broken rail equipment. "The primary objective of this system is to avoid derailments caused by ruptured rails. We are very proud to have completed the first phase of installation of this system," said Rafael Moreno, KCSM's subdirector of signals. RT&S online (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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