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Railex expands service and adds three executives

by Joel Gebet | October 11, 2009
Railex LLC has added a second train from Washington state, bringing to four its total refrigerated, temperature-controlled unit trains that depart the West Coast and terminate on the East Coast at its facility in Rotterdam, NY, each week.

The firm, a division of Riverhead, NY-based ADS Management, has restarted its second weekly unit train from its Wallula, WA, freight-forward distribution terminal and has two additional trains that depart from its terminal in Delano, CA, which recently celebrated its first anniversary in operation.

Railex offers guaranteed five-day service from its Delano and Wallula facilities to its terminal in Rotterdam, which is located just west of Albany, NY. Trains depart the Wallula facility at 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive in Rotterdam by Monday and Wednesday nights, respectively. Trains depart the Delano facility at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive in Rotterdam by Monday and Wednesday mornings, respectively.

The 55-car unit trains are moved cross-country by the Union Pacific Railroad and CSX Transportation and always remain intact, which avoids shifting of products and potential time delays. The trains utilize 64-foot, refrigerated ARMN railcars that are equipped with global-positioning satellite tracking, fresh-air exchange and temperature control.

In addition to its guaranteed service, Railex also helps reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

According to Railex's web site, one unit train saves over 5.2 million gallons of diesel fuel and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 85,000 metric tons yearly.

In a press release issued Sept. 20, Railex said that "in order to expand our customer base and to better serve the industry with additional products and services, we are broadening our executive base."

New to the Railex team are Tom Shurstad, who is the firm's president, Tom Finkbiner, who is executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Michael King, who is vice president and general counsel.

"Tom comes to the company with a strong rail and transportation background," the press release said. "Tom was president of Pacer International Inc. from 2006 to 2007; president of Pacer Stacktrain from 2002 to 2006; president of the Beltway Railroad from 1998 to 2001; and prior to that, he served as the chief operating officer for [the] Malayan Railroad and president of [the] Terminal Railroad. Tom will currently be based in the Riverhead corporate office."

The release continued, "The other addition to the Railex team is Michael King as vice president and general counsel for Railex. Michael comes to us from DHL Holding USA Inc., where he served as vice president of legal services from 2003 to 2009."

Mr. King also served as "corporate counsel for Rexall Sundown Inc. from 2001 to 2003," the press release continued. "In addition to holding other corporate counsel positions and working as the assistant state attorney in Florida, Michael also served our country as a Marine and achieved the rank of captain. He will [also] be based in the Riverhead corporate office."