The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) and its member company Omaha Track hosted Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) at Omaha Track's headquarters in Omaha, Neb., July 23, 2021.
Fischer, who serves on the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, toured the manufacturing facility and met with employee who work on site and with other rail industry leaders in the region.
“For 38 years, Omaha Track has provided materials and services for all levels of the railroad industry. That’s a history to be very proud of,” said Fischer. “It was a pleasure to tour the Omaha facility in person today and thank employees for the good work they do and their contributions to Nebraska and our country’s transportation network.”
"It was a pleasure hosting Senator Fischer at our facility,” said Omaha Track President Jeff Peterson. “Getting the chance to showcase our facility, talk about the state of the rail industry in Nebraska, and hear from the Senator about the happenings in Washington was a terrific experience."
Fischer met with members of Omaha Track’s leadership team, including CEO and Owner Terry Peterson, Chief Financial Officer Kelvin Whited, and Senior Director Strategic Accounts & Sourcing Lisa Roberts, who also serves as an NRC Board Member. The following rail industry leaders also participated in the meeting: Clark Ponthier, senior vice president-Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement with Union Pacific Railroad; Scott Trayler, vice president of Rio Grande Pacific Corporation; Kevin Hicks, national freight market sector leader with TranSystems, who also serves as a NRC Board Member; and Mike McGonagle, senior director of operations with the NRC.
Senator Fischer was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, becoming the first Nebraska woman elected to a full term and the first Nebraska state senator elected directly after service in the state legislature. also serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. Fischer serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, in addition to her service on the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security,
Founded in 1983, Omaha Track provides products and services to Class 1 and short line railroads, rail contractors and industries across North America. Formerly known as the Tie Yard of Omaha, Omaha Track started off with three employees, and now employs more than 270 people in North America.
“Maintenance and construction are the backbone of the railroad industry. Membership in the NRC is critical to the success of the contractors, suppliers, and railroads. This association is on the cutting edge of current events, legislation, and every other component that drives the industry.”
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