UP slims marketing department

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OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific officials say they're responding to customer needs and are consolidating the railroad's six major business units into four. The new units are agricultural products, energy, industrial, and premium.

The new energy department includes the railroad’s coal business, in addition to frac sand liquefied petroleum gas, petroleum, and wind markets. The revamped industrial business unit absorbs much of the markets previously managed by the chemicals business unit.

The premium department will manage intermodal and automotive markets, while the agricultural team will add fertilizer businesses.

In other business decisions, the national customer service center has been renamed to "customer care and support" in a move that UP’s managers say better aligns with the team’s core focus.

UP is also expanding its economic and industrial development team. The department works with local economic groups on providing transportation solutions to customers not served directly by rail.

On Nov. 1, the railroad will merge four logistics subsidiaries into a single wholly owned subsidiary. Union Pacific Distribution Services, Streamline, ShipCarsNow, and Insight Network Logistics will merge to create one team: Loup Logistics Co.

The subsidiary will be managed at UP headquarters in Omaha.

See the news release online.

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