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9/8/2009



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KCS conference sheds light on transload network growth


Last week, Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR) and Kansas City Southern de México S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) hosted their second annual TransLoad Center (TLC) conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Themed “Challenge 2010,” the conference aimed to return Kansas City Southern’s TLC program to double-digit growth next year. Since it began in 2001, the program had registered double-digit growth until the recession hit in 2008. The event included presentations from KCSR’s and KCSM’s sales and marketing business units, customer service units and operating groups. One presentation detailed plans to double TLC capacity in Mexico within the next five years.

“Mexico offers tremendous transload potential because many companies do not have rail spurs,” said Rich Weigel, assistant vice president of sales and marketing for transload operations, in an item posted on the “KCS News” Web site. “Before the recession, many of the KCSM TLCs were capacity constrained.”

The TLC program includes partnerships with logistics, trucking and warehouse firms to provide distribution and consolidation services. Comprising 104 U.S. and Mexican facilities, the program offers a single bill and door-to-door delivery that includes rail-car, warehouse and trucking services.


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