Indiana Rail Road’s Mills: Implement COVID rules like any other safety issue

Indiana Rail Road Co. took a hit in volume during second-quarter 2020, when stay-at-home orders were implemented that impacted some shippers. But traffic steadily returned in the second half, amounting to some year-over-year growth. “We don’t have the exposure to some of the businesses that were most affected by COVID,” says President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Mills. Credit: Indiana Rail Road Co.

The first time Peter Mills talked about the coronavirus with fellow railroaders was on March 6, 2020, when short-line industry representatives met in Washington, D.C., for the annual Railroad Day on Capitol Hill. “That was about the time when we were starting to become aware that we might have a problem,” says Mills, the president and chief executive officer of Indiana Rail Road Co. “Really, there were no precautions taken on that trip — it was still early in the pandemic. We were still shaking hands with each other.”


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