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Inter-Rail Group News

Damage Prevention and Freight Claims Conference

Inter-Rail Group is honored to have participated in the 127th annual Damage Prevention and Freight Claims Conference held July 8th-11th in Omaha, Nebraska. President, Seth Ricketts and Vice President of Rail Operations, James Handlin were invited as guest speakers to present on Inter-Rail’s Precision Spacing Tool (PST,) which was showcased at the trade show, along with all of the services Inter-Rail provides. The highlight of the conference was listening to the keynote speakers and having the opportunity to interface with other industry professionals. Thank you to the Association of American Railroads and Union Pacific for putting together a fantastic conference!

Dilworth Scores a 99.64% on AAR Audit

On Wednesday, June 26th, the Dilworth facility received a visit from Pat Breslin of the AAR. We are pleased to announce that Team Dilworth was ready for his visit, as they scored an impressive 99.64% on their destination review. This was a .04% increase from their 2018 AAR audit score. What is most impressive about this score is that it was led by rookie Operations Manager, Damon Gullicks. Thank you, and congratulations, to the entire Dilworth Team for putting safety and quality above anything else!

Celebrating 1-Year Injury Free

One of the best things to celebrate in our industry is a solid safety record. On Wednesday, June 26th, Team Orillia achieved 1-year without an injury! Like the Argentine facility, a few years ago this would have seemed like a pipe dream. A change like this is not possible without the leadership, so thank you to Operations Manager, Todd Rapin for your commitment to safety and changing the culture at the Orillia facility. Thank you, to the entire Orillia Team and the BNSF for always believing in us!

Tampa Mechanical Start-Up

At the end of April, Inter-Rail Mechanical began operations at the Dixiana, SC automotive facility. On Monday, June 17th Inter-Rail Mechanical began operations at CSX’s Tampa, FL facility. Similar to operations in Dixiana, Inter-Rail mechanics will perform deck down repairs on railcars passing through to assist in avoiding line of road delays. Thank you to Chief Mechanical Officer, Bill Davis, Mechanical Operations Manager, John Eifert and Regional Manager, Mark Faulkenberry for making this possible!

Kent Scores a 99.85% on AAR Audit

On Tuesday, June 11th Team Kent set the bar high for the 2019-2020 scoring period, as they scored a 99.85% on their AAR Destination Review. This score puts them in first place, currently, to receive the highest destination score in North America during the 2019-2020 time period. The year is new, as it runs from June 1st-May 31st, but Team Kent has posted a number. Congratulations to Operations Manager, CJ McMillian on his first audit score and to the entire team! A celebration has not yet been set, but we are aiming for September.

“S.T.O.M.P.E.R. of the Month”

All Inter-Rail facilities are on-board the Safety Train, as we have officially implemented our new safety campaign nationwide. S.T.O.M.P., which stands for Stop, Think, Observe, Make a plan, and Proceed, focuses in on eliminating accidents, injuries and unsafe acts in the red zone. It is our recipe for success as we stay committed to working accident and injury-free while delivering a quality product to our customers. However, we need boots on the ground to support this initiative.

The “S.T.O.M.P.E.R. of the Month” award recognizes those associates who are making a difference out in the field. The first “S.T.O.M.P.E.R. of the Month” recipient is Magdaleno Velazquez. Magdaleno has been an employee at Inter-Rail’s San Bernardino facility for the last three years as an Unloader. “He has always been vocal during safety meetings and while working on the facility,” says an associate who nominated Velazquez. “If he sees any potential safety hazard, he will bring it to management’s attention immediately.” Thank you, Magdaleno, for playing an essential part in making San Bernardino a safer operation.

2019 AAR Audit Scores

    • Palm Center, FL – 99.67% on 02/05
    • Miami, FL – 98.31% on 02/06
    • Jacksonville, FL – 99.60% on 02/20
    • San Bernardino, CA – 99.93% on 03/11
    • Orillia, WA – 99.68% on 04/09
    • Portland Rivergate, OR – 99.96% on 05/24
    • Portland Barnes, OR – 99.33% on 06/03
    • Kent, WA – 99.85% on 06/11
    • Dilworth, MN – 99.64% on 6/26

One Year Injury Free

    •  San Bernardino, CA
    •  Kansas City Argentine, KS
    •  Orillia, WA