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Grossman to retire from Genesee & Wyoming at month's end


A long-time mover and shaker in the short-line industry is calling it quits. Yesterday, Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) announced Robert Grossman, vice president of government and industry affairs for the Oregon Region, will retire June 30.

Last year, Jerry Vest succeeded Grossman as VP of government and industry affairs, and Grossman assumed a part-time role as head of government affairs for the region, which includes the Portland & Western Railroad.

Grossman joined GWI's government and industry affairs department in 2002 after the holding company acquired Emons Transportation Group, which he co-founded and led as chairman, president and chief executive officer for more than 20 years. Emons owned the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad Co., St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad (Quebec) Inc., York Railway Co., Penn Eastern Rail Lines and an Auburn, Maine, intermodal terminal. Grossman also has been an active member of several American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association committees.

"Robert represented GWI in Oregon with the same drive, determination and professionalism that he demonstrated throughout his career at GWI, and he will be missed," said Vest in a prepared statement.

GWI owns and operates 51 regionals and short lines in the United States, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands, and owns a minority interest in a Bolivian railroad.

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