New Mexico, Michigan, New England and Carolinian lines to be recognized at annual convention
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WASHINGTON – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association honors four railroads with its Business Development Award for excellence in traffic growth in partnership with customers and local economic development authorities.
The railroads, which will be recognized at the ASLRRA’s annual convention and exhibition in Phoenix in November, are Santa Teresa Southern Railroad from Iron Horse Resources in New Mexico; Lake State Railway Co. in Michigan; Pan Am Railways in New England and Carolina Lines by RJ Corman.
âThe Business Development Award honors the essence of what short lines are: developing a deep understanding of their clients’ needs, identifying growth opportunities with their clients and having the drive to turn each of those opportunities into a benefit for them. clients and the communities they serve, âASLRRA President Chuck Baker said in a press release. âIn this pandemic year where simply staying afloat signaled the success of many businesses across the globe, these award winners have gone above and beyond to deliver significant value to customers whose businesses have also been turned upside down, testifying to the flexibility, persistence and long-term vision that the shortline industry embodies.
The Santa Teresa Southern was recognized for its work in increasing wind turbine blade traffic and developing the Santa Teresa Gateway Rail Park; Lake States for developing transshipment activities at seven Michigan sites, receiving state subsidies for five of them; Pan Am for its efforts to develop a rail service for Chinese paper exporter Nine Dragons Paper; and RJ Corman for his work to revive what had been the Carolina Southern Railroad, which had been closed since 2012 when the company bought it in 2015.
More details on their efforts are available on the ASLRRA website.