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Watco assigns five to management positions


Watco Transportation Services (WTS) recently made five management personnel changes.

The company named Mark Ready general manager of the Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad. Since joining WTS in 2008, he has served as track supervisor, trainmaster, locomotive engineer and manger trainee. Ready previously was a through freight conductor for Union Pacific Railroad.

WTS also appointed Garrett Bolyard assistant general manager for the Eastern Idaho Railroad. He joined WTS in 2008 and most recently was director of property management for the West Region.

Meanwhile, WTS tabbed Carl Legg as the West Region’s new marketing manager. He joined Watco as marketing manager for the Yellowstone Valley and Mission Mountain railroads, and later became marketing manager of the Eastern Idaho Railroad. When Watco purchased the Boise Valley Railroad, Legg became the road’s marketing manager, a role he will continue to fill, according to WTS.

The company also named Dusty Tenney marketing manager for the Eastern Idaho Railroad and promoted Dee “Shawn” Lautner to chief mechanical officer of the Grand Elk Railroad. Tenney previously held various corporate marketing position in the insurance industry and Lautner served the Grand Elk’s mechanical department in various capacities. Lautner previously spent several years in CSX Transportation’s mechanical department, including stints as a car repair laborer and locomotive electrician.

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