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U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA-9) joined representatives from the Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad (STE),  OmniTRAX and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of STE's facility April 8.
 
Upon his arrival, Rep. McNerney participated in a meet-and-greet with STE and its customers and had the opportunity to take a locomotive ride and see the inner-workings to the locomotive cab and the businesses served by STE.
STE provides freight rail service to the greater Stockton area, with 25 miles of track connecting to BNSF, Union Pacific and the Central California Traction Company.
STE supports the transportation needs of multiple industries that call Stockton home, including agriculture, asphalt, cement, chemical transportation, food processing, lumber, steel and many others. STE connects these industries to the national freight rail network and allows for local Stockton businesses to move goods more safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.
http://www.rtands.com/index.php/freight/shortline-regional/rep-jerry-mcnerney-tours-stockton-terminal-and-eastern-railroad.html?channel=276
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OMNITRAX’S BILLIE JOHNSON NAMED #ASLRRA’S 2014 SAFETY PERSON OF THE YEAR

DENVER – OmniTRAX Inc., one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation management companies, is proud to announce that Billie Johnson, General Manager for Newburgh & South Shore Railroad and Northern Ohio & Western Railway, is the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) 2014 Safety Person of the Year. Johnson will receive the award at the ASLRRA Convention in Orlando March 28-30, 2015.

“Billie continues to demonstrate the most outstanding safety achievements of any manager on our network of railroads. She is dedicated to safe operations on the Newburgh & South Shore Railroad and Northern Ohio & Western Railway, and emphasizes initiatives that improve associate safety in the workplace. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of the ASLRRA Safety Person of the Year award,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.

Johnson began her railroad career as a keypunch operator at the Chicago, Rock Island Railroad in 1969 and then rapidly was promoted to Terminal Manager.  In 1981, she joined the Chicago Rail Link Railroad, and in 1991 she transferred to the Newburgh & South Shore Railroad working as a clerk, then a conductor, a certified engineer and then in 1995 was promoted to General Manager of the Northern Ohio & Western Railroad and later added Newburgh & South Shore Railroad. 

"In the18 years I’ve spent working with Billie, she has always been a source of honesty and knowledge. She is willing to help where needed and is a vital member of our leadership team. The fact that she has never had any type of workplace injury, much less an FRA reportable injury, shows her dedication to safe operations," said Bob Ellman, Vice President of Operations at OmniTRAX.

From 1995 to 2015, Northern Ohio & Western Railway had no FRA reportable derailments, 663+ days since a human factor incident and is 4,050+ days injury free.  During that same time period, Newburgh & South Shore Railroad is 748+ days since the last human factor incident, 5,210+ days since the last reportable derailment and has had 6,589+ days since the last reportable injury.

"In the year I have worked with Billie it has been very evident that her determination to develop her properties and employees to be the safest in the industry is extraordinary.  She treats her team members like they are family and it shows in her results," said Bill Kelly, Vice President of Safety for OmniTRAX.

In addition to her job, Johnson is a long time member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tiffin, OH, where she is a volunteer and is instrumental in holding the annual festival along with numerous other activities. She has also served as a member of the Economic Development Board for the City of Tiffin.

About OmniTRAX, Inc.
As one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation management companies, OmniTRAX's core capabilities range from providing management services to railroad and port services and to intermodal and industrial switching operations. Through its affiliation with The Broe Group and its portfolio of managed companies, OmniTRAX also has the unique capability of offering specialized industrial development and real estate solutions, both on and off the rail network managed by the company. More information is available at www.omnitrax.com <http://www.omnitrax.com> .

Come work for us.   

We currently have an opening for a #SeniorProjectManager who would serve as a key member of the Corporate Development Team. Responsibilities include management and oversight projects involving the growth of the company. The Senior Project Manager will lead the development of projects and related planning activities associated with new construction projects and new lines of business. The position will oversee the budgets associated with capital projects and billable work carried out by the Engineering Department.  This will include interacting with Federal, State, and Local Governmental agency relative to billing and funding issues for public projects across OmniTRAX railroads. The Senior Project Manager will develop contract documents, review of 3rd party contracts and assist with early stage project development. All directed at promoting an efficient, safe and growing company

Do you have experience in customer service?   Are you interested in being involved in an industry that "moves" the economy?    If so, OmniTRAX is currently hiring for a Customer Service Representative  (CSR) to serve as the bridge between customers and local railroad operations and ensure that railroad operations run smoothly and safely. 

Please visit http://omnitrax.com/customer-service-representative/ to learn more and to apply.
 

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Peru Industrial Railroad.   New to the family of OmniTRAX managed railroads.
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OmniTRAX Affiliate Acquires Peru Industrial Railroad, LLC.
Purchase expands OmniTRAX footprint in Illinois; will attract new companies and create jobs

DENVER – Peru Industrial Railroad, LLC, a managed affiliate of OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held rail service companies in North America, is purchasing the Peru Rail Line from the City of Peru, IL. Peru Industrial Railroad will run freight service on three miles of track starting immediately. Terms were not disclosed.
Peru Industrial Railroad has a direct connection with Illinois Railway, LLC, which is also managed by OmniTRAX. Together, the two rail lines encompass 116 miles of track and have interchanges with BNSF, Norfolk Southern, Canadian Pacific, Canadian National and CSX. Traffic handled includes frac sand, industrial products and other commodities.
“The rail line is a natural add on for OmniTRAX and will create great freight and development opportunities for the City of Peru. When combined with the Illinois Railway, this operation will provide our customers with needed services, while delivering new jobs and economic growth to LaSalle County and beyond,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.
Peru Mayor Scott Harl said; “The City of Peru started on the Illinois River and authorized its first railroad in 1887. The City is at the crossroads of two interstate highways and owns a regional airport. This sale further enhances the City’s position as a center of transportation logistics and we look forward to working with Peru Industrial Railroad to further develop that industrial corridor.”

OmniTRAX Canada wishes employee Charlie Lundie well in Hudson Bay Quest
Company pleased to sponsor Charlie and his dog sled team
 
Winnipeg, Manitoba – OmniTRAX Canada is pleased to support long-time Port of Churchill employee, Charlie Lundie, and his team as they compete in the Hudson Bay Quest dog sled race.
 
“We wish Charlie all the best in this incredible race from Gillam to Churchill.  He’s an experienced musher who is up for the challenge of racing more than 400 kilometers through Manitoba’s harsh northern terrain,” said OmniTRAX Canada President, Merv Tweed. “Charlie has worked at the Port of Churchill for years and we’re pleased to continue to support him and his dog team as they contribute to keeping the great Northern tradition of dog sled racing alive.”
 
Charlie Lundie has been racing sled dogs for more than eight years, and won the Hudson Bay Quest in 2011.
 
“I started with one dog and a love of the sport more than ten years ago and have grown my team to twenty dogs.  I’m looking forward to a great race and really March 13, 2015
For Immediate Release
 
OmniTRAX appreciate the support I’ve received from the Port and OmniTRAX Canada,” said Lundie.
 
The Hudson Bay Quest is a 400 kilometer dog sled race from Gillam to Churchill, Manitoba. Thirteen teams start the race in Gillam on March 13 in the hopes of being the first to arrive in Churchill, Manitoba. Follow Charlie and all of the mushers during the race on Facebook at Hudson-Bay-Quest.
 
For more information:
Merv Tweed, President
204-947-0033
mtweed@omnitrax.com

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BIG BUSINESS: Port railroad takes delivery of massive wind turbine blades
          
BY STEVE CLARK STAFF WRITER
The Brownsville & Rio Grande Valley International Railroad, which serves the Port of Brownsville, has its hands full with some plus-sized cargo these days: gigantic wind turbine rotor blades, manufactured in China and bound for Iowa.
Ninety individual blades, each of them 128 feet long and weighing 77,000 pounds, were offloaded from the Chinese freighter “Gong Yin 1” at the port and are now being loaded onto railcars.
The blades were manufactured by Vestas Wind Systems, a Danish company, and are bound for a terminal in Manly, Iowa, that handles wind turbine components. The blades are composed of carbon and glass fiber.
“They’re pretty impressive things,” said B&RGV spokesman Ron Margulis.
He said the port would also receive shipment of the nacelles, which contain the power-generating apparatus, though they haven’t been shipped yet. There are three blades per rotor, which attaches to the nacelle.
The size of the blades requires specially outfitted railroad flatcars — two flatcars for each blade, Margulis said. The B&RGV will hand off the railcars to Union Pacific for the trip to the Midwest, he said.
It’s not the first time the port has handled giant rotor blades, though in this case they’re coming through Brownsville and other Gulf ports due to a dock worker labor dispute that has effectively shut down ports on the West Coast.
Norma Torres, B&RGV president and chief operating officer, said the goal is to load 10 flatcars a day until all 30 cars are loaded, which will take several days. For safety’s sake, stevedores are moving slowly at first until they get the hang of it, she said. Moving each blade requires two cranes operating in tandem.
The port has loaded rotor blades onto trucks before but never rail cars, Torres said, adding that this is among the biggest cargo the railroad has ever handled. She’s expecting another blade shipment sometime in May.
“We did a couple of big reactors a while back, but it’s been a while,” she said. “This is probably the longest cargo we’ve ever handled. It’s a new experience for everybody.”
sclark@brownsvilleherald.com
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Sand Springs and OmniTRAX Logistics Services.  BIG on Safety.
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Illinois Railway, LLC is hiring for an engineer/conductor and a track inspector. 
Please visit http://omnitrax.com/railroad-jobs/railroad-job-openings/ for more information and for a listing of other positions at this and other OmniTRAX managed railroads.
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