On Track with Genesee & Wyoming, Insight from President & CEO John C. Hellmann

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How Genesee & Wyoming is meeting the freight demands of tomorrow

G&W CEOGenesee & Wyoming short line and regional freight railroads provide a vital link between thousands of communities and the American rail network. Our 101 railroads provide service in 41 states and invest in their infrastructures to support customers’ growth and global competitiveness. Since the customer facilities served by G&W-owned railroads are often leaders in their respective industrial sectors, the investments made by our railroads both mirror and underpin our nation’s economic future. For example:

In Arizona, our recent acquisition of Arizona Eastern Railway coupled with its subsequent investments in track and locomotives significantly enhanced service to North America’s largest copper producer;

In the Florida Panhandle, The Bay Line Railroad helped attract and now serves one of the world’s largest wood pellet bio-fuel production facilities. The wood pellets are loaded directly into railcars for transport to the Port of Panama City for export to Europe;

In Virginia, Commonwealth Railway’s  infrastructure upgrades enhanced service to one of the East Coast’s largest container terminals in Portsmouth, connecting it with the double-stack rail freight network that includes a main container route to Chicago;

In Mississippi, Columbus and Greenville Railway helped attract and now serves one of North America’s newest and largest electric arc steelmaking facilities, providing access to five Class I railroads;

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In Ohio, Columbus & Ohio River Rail Road helped attract and now serves the region’s largest natural gas liquids fractionation hub. Likewise, our other railroads in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania are supporting the transformation of North American energy markets in the Utica and Marcellus shales;

In South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming and Nebraska, June 1 marked the startup of the newly created 670-mile Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad that serves one of the leading U.S. agricultural centers as well as other industries such as bentonite and cement, providing access to three Class I railroads.

Whether originating or terminating traffic for the nation’s rail network, G&W railroads are integral to the flows of U.S. commerce, and we are excited to be investing in our economic future.