The Voice of the Railroad Construction Industry
Section: 2014 NRC Grassroots Events
U.S. Congressman Randy Hultgren Visits Atlantic Track in Richmond, IL, Discusses Atlantic Track Expansion in Illinois
Richmond, IL - On 9/22/14, U.S. Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14, Financial Services Committee and Science, Space and Technology Committee) joined representatives from Atlantic Track and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of Atlantic Track's manufacturing facility in Richmond, IL. The NRC organized the event.

Upon his arrival, Congressman Hultgren was greeted by Atlantic Track's Richmond team, including Vice President - Midwest Region Dave Francis and Plant Manager George Perrelli. The Congressman was briefed on Atlantic Track's history, current operations, and recent growth and expansion in Richmond and Chicago Heights, IL.

Atlantic Track supplies new & relay rail, joint bars, tie plates and other track material to Class I and short line railroads, transit agencies, rail contractors and end users in the US, Canada and worldwide. In addition to rail and track material distribution, Atlantic Track manufactures turnouts, specialty trackwork, transit rail products, compromise rails, movable bridge joints, track panels and more. Their other products and services include crane runway and transit systems.

"Atlantic Track's Richmond facility boasts hardworking employees who manufacture special track components vital to railroads nationwide. Atlantic Track is an ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) company where each employee actually is an owner and has a stake in the company's success" said Congressman Hultgren. "They believe in old fashioned blood, sweat and tears, working long hours to meet the high demand for their quality products, and have invested millions to expand their operations in the 14th District. Northern Illinois is a major cargo and freight hub for our nation--seeing Atlantic Track's facility first-hand makes me proud to represent them in Congress."
U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent Visits R.J. Corman Railroad Company in Allentown, PA
Allentown, PA - On 9/2/14, U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA-15) joined representatives from R.J. Corman Railroad Company (R.J. Corman) and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of R.J. Corman's rail yard and material sales facility in Allentown, PA. Additional attendees included Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach, Pennsylvania State Representative Ryan Mackenzie, and representatives from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Allentown Economic Development Corporation. NRC member company Rajant Corporation's SVP of Business Development Peter Lenard and representatives from GoRail were also in attendance. GoRail is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of moving more freight by rail. The NRC organized the event.
U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn Visits IP Automation Manufacturing Facility in Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs, CO - On 8/29/14, U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO-05) joined representatives from IP Automation and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of IP Automation's manufacturing facility in Colorado Springs, CO on August 29. Additional attendees included representatives from NRC member company Herzog Contracting Corp., the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Pikes Peak Community College, the Rocky Mountain Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, El Paso County, as well as additional local businesses and members of the media.

Upon his arrival, Congressman Lamborn was greeted by IP Automation's executive team, including President Ilia Petkov, Ken Krassy, Jimmy Clem, and Bogomil Banchev. IP Automation is an engineering firm that specializes in designing, fabricating, manufacturing, and assembling equipment and components for various industries, including the rail industry.
U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson Visits Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway in Candor, NC
Candor, NC - On 7/18/14, U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC-08) joined representatives from the Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway (ACWR) and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of ACWR's facility in Candor, NC. Additional attendees included Mayor of Candor Philip Hearn, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation Director Ashley Kegel, Montgomery County Manager Matthew Woodard, Montgomery County Commissioner Jim McTheny, Montgomery County Community College Dean of Continuing Education Robin Coats, Montgomery County Community College Vice President of Curriculum Randy Gunter, and members of the local media.
The NRC Joins GoRail and U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos for a Tour of Koppers' Galesburg, IL Facility
Galesburg, IL - On 7/1/14, NRC Members Colo Railroad Builders, RAILCET, and Trackmasters attended a GoRail-organized event hosting U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) at Koppers for a tour of their facility in Galesburg, Illinois. The event consisted of remarks from and a Q&A session with the Congresswoman and a meet-and-greet with community leaders from the Galesburg Chamber and the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman's District Representative Tours Delta Railroad Construction's Quality Track Equipment facility in Austinburg, OH
Austinburg, OH - On 6/25/14, U.S. Senator Rob Portman's (R-OH) District Representative, George Brown, joined representatives from Delta Railroad Construction (Delta) for a tour of Delta's Quality Track Equipment facility in Austinburg, Ohio. Additional attendees included Tom Pope, Vice President of Koski Construction Company in Ashtabula, Ohio. The NRC organized the event.

Delta Manager Steve Pratt and Delta Vice President of Equipment Paul Laurello briefed Mr. Brown and Mr. Pope on the history of the company and the extensive build-out and remodel that Delta Railroad Construction performed on QTE's Austinburg facility to make it fit their specific needs for rehabilitating railroad equipment. In addition, the Delta team spoke on the cooperation they received from the local government, utilities, and educational facilities, as well as the number of machines they move through the facility annually.
U.S. Congressman Andy Barr Tours R.J. Corman's Rail Yard in Lexington, KY
Lexington, KY - On 6/2/14, U.S. Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY-06) joined representatives from R.J. Corman Railroad Group (R.J. Corman) and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of R.J. Corman's rail yard in Lexington, KY. Additional attendees included R.J. Corman customers Standlee Premium Western Foliage and Clay Ingles Company, LLC as well as Kentucky State Senator Tom Buford (Senate District 22) and representatives from GoRail. GoRail is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of moving more freight by rail. The NRC organized the event.
The NRC Joins GoRail and U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson for a Tour of The Okonite Company's Orangeburg, SC Facility
Orangeburg, SC - On 6/2/14, NRC Members Ansaldo STS and Road & Rail Services attended a GoRail-organized event hosting U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC-02) at The Okonite Company for a tour of their facility in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

GoRail is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of moving more freight by rail. The NRC organized the event.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham Visits Harsco Rail in Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC - On 5/28/14, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a member of the Appropriations Committee, Armed Services Committee, Budget Committee, and Judiciary Committee, joined representatives from Harsco Rail and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of Harsco Rail's manufacturing facility and headquarters in Columbia, SC.

Upon his arrival, Senator Graham was welcomed by Harsco Rail's senior leadership team which then briefed the Senator on the company's profile, history, and current operations. Harsco Rail is a major supplier of railway track maintenance and construction equipment, parts, and services. With over 500 employees at their Columbia, SC headquarters, their domestic customers include Class 1 railroads, short line and regional railroads, and rail transit agencies. Harsco Rail also supplies maintenance-of-way equipment to numerous international railroads.
U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth Tours Chicago Metra's Fox River Bridge in Elgin, IL
Elgin, IL - On 5/15/14, U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL-08), a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, toured the Fox River Bridge on Metra's Milwaukee West Line in Elgin, IL. The event was well attended with representatives from Metra, the NRC, and the media.

Originally built in 1881, the bridge, located about 35 miles from downtown Chicago, is a 500-foot, single-track railroad bridge that is used by 49 Metra trains and up to eight CP trains each weekday. Starting next year, it will begin to be used by Amtrak trains between Rockford and Chicago.
U.S. Congressman John Duncan, Jr. Visits UNITRAC Railroad Materials' Headquarters in Knoxville, TN
Knoxville, TN - On 3/17/14, U.S. Congressman John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN-02), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and Chairman of the Panel on Public-Private Partnerships, joined representatives from UNITRAC Railroad Materials (UNITRAC) and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of UNITRAC's manufacturing facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. Invited guests at the event included representatives from UNITRAC customer the Gulf & Ohio Railway and UNITRAC supplier and NRC member company Nisus Corp as well as local press. The NRC organized the event.