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Landoll, Railroad Construction Co. of South Jersey, Wasatch Railcar host congressional visits


Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) joined Landoll Corp. officials to tour the company's facility in Marysville, Kan.

While there, the congressman learned about Landoll's various equipment and discussed public policy priorities for the state's business and rail communities, according to a press release issued by the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA).

A Landoll Corp. employee leads U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (at left) on a tour of the company's facility in Marysville, Kan.
Photo: Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association

Landoll Chief Executive Officer Don Landoll led Huelskamp's tour, which included a visit to Union Pacific Railroad's terminal in Marysville.

"It was a pleasure to learn the important work that Landoll Corp. is doing in the Marysville community and how their products represent Kansas in a global marketplace," Huelskamp said. "For local family businesses like Landoll to thrive and compete around the world, we need less regulations and more certainty from Washington." Other attendees included Dan Caffrey, Landoll's vice president of finance; Carla Grund, mayor of Marysville; Tim Manley, UP's director of operations in Marysville; and Sean Winkler, grassroots coordinator at REMSA.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) yesterday joined staffers from the Railroad Construction Co. of South Jersey (RCCSJ) to tour the company's facility. He also visited RCCSJ's project at the Port of Paulsboro, where 14,000 feet of track and nine turnouts are being built.

U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (at left) visits with officials from the Railroad Construction Co. of South Jersey.
Photo: National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association

"This investment in infrastructure in South Jersey is an investment in our future. The trains that will travel these rails will literally deliver new jobs and economic growth to this region, and that’s something we all welcome,” said Norcross.

During the tour, attendees highlighted the importance of extending the positive train control deadline, according to a press release issued by the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC). They also discussed extending the 45G short-line tax credit.

Norcross was joined by James Daloisio, president of RCCSJ; Christofer Daloisio, vice president of RCCSJ; Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey State Senate president; and Lindsey Collins, vice president of grassroots advocacy at the NRC.

At the same time, Wasatch Railcar Repair Contractors (WRRC) hosted a grand opening event for elected, industry and community officials. The event featured demonstrations of WRRC's rail-car capabilities, as well as formal remarks from the company's founder Jim Rimmasch and Wyoming Business Council Director Ben Avery.

John Rimmasch delivers formal remarks at Wasatch Railcar Repair Contractor's grand opening event.
Photo: Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association

During Rimmasch's speech, he provided an overview of the company, shared the importance of a recently enacted Wyoming tax credit to the re-opening of its facility in Shoshoni and outlined the company's plans for future growth in the city."Relationships are key to our business and we will continue to work with the local community to grow and give back to the state and Fremont County," Rimmasch said.

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