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11/6/2001



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

UP operating regions now four-fold


Union Pacific Railroad Nov. 6 announced plans to open a fourth operating region in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 15.


The new Central Region would include Kansas City, St. Louis, North Little Rock, Ark., and Wichita, Kan., service units. UP plans to divide the El Paso, Texas, service unit into the Wichita and Tucson, Ariz., units.


Vice President-Premium Operations Alex Kummant was named regional vice president to head the Central Region; Vice President-Field Operations Jeff Koch would assume premium operations leadership.


"The new four-region system will continue the effort to decentralize decision-making in the field, while fostering improved customer responsiveness, operational excellence and personal accountability," said Dennis Duffy, executive vice president-operations, in a prepared statement.


UP's other regions are headquartered in Omaha, Neb., Roseville, Calif., and Spring, Texas.










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