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7/24/2002



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KCS processes first carloads at Mississippi transload center


Kansas City Southern July 22 received the first carloads at its new Transload Center (TLC) in Pearl, Miss., near Jackson, according to a statement prepared July 23.


The initial 45-car capacity TLC comprises three unloading tracks totaling about 3,000 feet, under-car conveyors and forklifts, and center-beam flat-car loading facilities.


The railroad, which operates 41 TLCs across its system, plans to complete construction on the entire Pearl facility (KCS' largest TLC) in September.


The 50-acre TLC (located less than a mile from KCS' Jackson High Oak Yard) is designed to handle more than 2,000 cars annually moving flour, food products, plastics, lumber, steel, aluminum, limestone, phosphates, fertilizer and lime.


KCS partners with logistics, trucking and warehouse firms to operate its TLC network, which is designed to provide customers preferring to
receive shipments in truckload or smaller lot sizes efficient and cost-effective distribution and consolidation services. The railroad offers a single-bill, door-to-door package including rail-car, warehousing and
trucking services.


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