Member Spotlight - Genesee & Wyoming

Presenting Sponsor

Company Description: Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) owns or leases 116 freight railroads worldwide. The company’s 113 North American short line and regional railroads serve 42 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces and include more than 13,000 track miles. G&W subsidiaries and joint ventures also provide rail service at more than 30 major ports, rail-ferry service between the U.S. Southeast and Mexico, transload services, and railcar switching and repair.

Number of employees?
7,300 rail professionals, focused on providing safe and efficient customer service.

Top 3 commodities hauled?
G&W subsidiary railroads in North America handle a diverse range of commodities. The top three groupings include agricultural products, minerals and stone, and chemicals and plastics, closely followed by pulp and paper, metals, and lumber and forest products.

Experiences/lessons learned from operating during COVID-19?
From food products on the California Northern Railroad and pulp and paper on the Portland & Western Railroad to chemicals for cleaning products and hand sanitizer on Indiana & Ohio Railway and The Columbus and Ohio River Rail Road, we have played a vital role in moving essential goods during the pandemic across the country. Our teams also have gone beyond the call of duty by adding additional shifts for customers working to meet the demand for everyday necessities. We are intently focused on upholding our commitment to world-class service while taking precautions to keep our railroaders safe and healthy – including discussing health measures in job briefings, limiting the number of people in a crew room at a time, and sanitizing offices, locomotives and other high-touch areas regularly. Meanwhile, our corporate support teams have demonstrated agility and flexibility in adapting to remote work environments.

What do you value most about membership in ASLRRA?
ASLRRA provides all short line and regional railroad companies with the opportunity to come together and support the “first and last mile” of the national rail freight network that depends on all of us. From extending and eventually making permanent the Short Line Tax Credit to educating member of Congress on the issue of bigger trucks, ASLRRA gives us a strong unified voice in Congress. The association also does an excellent job in representing the interests of our industry with federal agencies overseeing our activities, namely the Federal Railroad Administration and Surface Transportation Board.