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5/10/2006



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BNSF takes wraps off California transload center



Yesterday, BNSF Railway Co. held a grand opening ceremony for BNSF Logistics Center-Fontana, a 38-acre transload facility located near the Class I’s San Bernardino, Calif., intermodal terminal. The center will be operated by transportation and logistics firm Tristar FLC Inc., which specializes in lumber and panel products.

Offering transload, warehousing, storage, and rail services, the facility began handling small amounts of carloads in November. Now fully operational, the center will handle up to 15,000 carloads of lumber, agricultural, minerals and other manufactured products annually. The facility features more than 60 rail-car spots, 50 bulk loading areas, a truck scale, and customized inventory management and security systems.

“BNSF is able to simplify its operations by creating the density required to build trains at this one transload facility instead of gathering rail cars at several smaller ones,” said BNSF Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer John Lanigan in a prepared statement.


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