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KCS appoints Strong to head multi-modal accounts, promotes Mexican 'Palm Island' project


Kansas City Southern recently named Susan McVaney Strong assistant vice president of national accounts. Reporting to Executive VP of Sales and Marketing Patrick Ottensmeyer, Strong will be responsible for large multi-modal shipper accounts, particularly those with existing and potential traffic flows between the United States and Mexico. She also will also coordinate with existing business units for cross-border business development opportunities.

Strong previously served Union Pacific Railroad the past 21 years, most recently as general director of logistics.

Meanwhile, officials at KCS subsidiary Kansas City Southern de México S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) recently promoted an intermodal project at the North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

During the next five years, KCSM plans to spend $80 million to develop an intermodal terminal at Palm Island in Michoacán, Mexico. The project calls for building a large rail yard adjacent to the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas that would feature facilities for intermodal, manifest cargo, bulk liquids and automotives. The infrastructure is essential to the development of the port, and to KCSM’s and Kansas City Southern Railway Co.’s International Intermodal Corridor, KCS officials said in an item posted on the “KCS News” Web site.

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