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Omaha Track hosts congressional visit

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (second from left) visited Omaha Track in Nebraska earlier this week.
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U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) joined representatives of Omaha Track Inc. and local railroads to tour the company's facilities in Omaha this week.

Omaha Track President and Owner Terry Peterson led the tour, which included visits to the new corporate office and the Omaha Track Equipment facility, where maintenance-of-way equipment is custom built, fabricated and maintained.

"Railroads invest tens of billions of dollars annually into their networks, supporting rail supply jobs across our country," said Peterson in a press release. "It is critical that our policy makers understand rail's importance to Omaha's continued success and growth."

Organized by the Railway Engineering-Maintenance and Suppliers Association (REMSA), Bacon's visit also featured a discussion of public policy issues. The congressman serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture and Small Business committees.

Bacon is a co-sponsor of the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, a bill now in Congress that would permanently extend the short line tax credit known as 45G.

Others who participated in Bacon's visit included Cathy Emig, Bud Mushlitz, Jeff Peterson, Kevin Whited and Lisa Roberts, all of Omaha Track; Judy Petry, chairwoman of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association; Heather Sheppard of Farmrail System Inc.; and Sean Winkler of REMSA.

Omaha Track has been serving the rail industry since 1983. Formerly the Tie Yard of Omaha, the company began by selling ties to landscapers. It since has grown into a  railroad material supply company and services contractor for Class Is, short lines and rail contractors across North America.