Midwest railroad shippers gear up for summer conference

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CHICAGO — A group of rail industry executives and professionals will be gathering in Wisconsin in July to discuss industry challenges and growth opportunities during the 247th meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers on July 11-12 in Lake Geneva, Wis. The summer meeting theme will be: “Volume vs. Velocity — Managing Change in 2016,” the association says.

“Rail shippers need this kind of information as they plan the rest of 2016,” says Mike Jones, president of the association. “We already have more than 300 summer meeting attendees, and registrations are increasing each week.”

Norfolk Southern Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Alan Shaw, will present the opening keynote and additional presentations will be given by John Hellman, president and CEO, Genesee & Wyoming, on his professional experiences in managing more than 120 short line and regional railroads.

Peter Gilbertson, president and CEO of Anacostia Rail Holdings, will discuss the current environment facing railroads and shippers, while Tom Warren, vice president of special polymers at INEOS Styrolution America, a plastics shipper, will also provide current perspectives on the plastics industry. Robert King, sales and marketing manager, Steel Dynamics, will also discuss the current state of the steel industry.

Other highlights include railroad security, financials, freight car demands, and a rail and shipper success story featuring Indianapolis intermodal service.

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