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KCS to create training center in Louisiana for operating employees


Kansas City Southern's operating team is establishing a new Transportation Engineering and Mechanical (TEaM) training center in Shreveport, La. to enhance training programs for operating employees. Initially, the center will focus on operating rules, procedures and compliance training.

"The transportation, engineering and mechanical groups are equally critical to the success of our daily operation," said KCS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dave Ebbrecht in an item posted on the "KCS News" web page. "The TEaM training center is aptly named as a place where new employees will learn the craft for which they were hired, and gain perspective on the larger operation and the interdependence of each group."  

New hires first will receive classroom instruction at the TEaM center, followed by simulated exercises with interactive learning tools. They then will gain hands-on experience with rolling stock at Bossier Yard.

Renovations at the training center are expected to be completed in late May. KCS also plans to develop a TEaM training yard adjacent to the center to eliminate the need to use Bossier Yard.

The Class I has appointed Gerry Peppmuller director of the new center. An operations management trainee for about six months, he joined KCS after retiring from the U.S. Army with 22 years of service.

Peppmuller also will provide leadership to the Training Working Integration Group, whose members are charged with transforming KCS' training methodology, procedures and policies.

"A proper training program is key to ensuring employees are prepared to perform their duties safely and make sound business decisions," said Peppmuller. "Our efforts will always focus on making operations better by continuing to turn-out disciplined operating employees, who are confident in their abilities and prepared to work safely."

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