(UNDATED) (GC DAILY World) - The Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) has won the prestigious "Regional Railroad of the Year" award for 2012, By the editorial staff of Railway Age magazine.
The Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) has won the prestigious "Regional Railroad of the Year" award for 2012, By the editorial staff of Railway Age magazine.
According to William Vantuono, editor for the magazine, The Indiana Rail Road has proven it is an industry leader in numerous categories, such as capital investment, technology, and marketing. But it was the letters of recommendations from customers that won them the award.
The Indiana Rail Road set several records in 2011 (the company's 25th anniversary) related to operating performance, invested a record-$22 million in private capital for infrastructure and technology improvements, and received accolades for its employee wellness program, instituted in conjunction with Union Hospital of Terre Haute.
INRD also moved its 2 millionth carload of revenue freight in Nov. 2011. It took 18 years, 9 months to haul the first million cars - from March 1986 to December 2004. In contrast, carload No. 2 million moved just 6 years and 11 months later.
The company's success has been built on the business and customer-service philosophy of Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Hoback. He says it's the nearly 200 employees that make the railroad great by providing safe, reliable and predictable service.
INRD officials will formally accept the "Regional Railroad of the Year" award at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association Annual Convention, which will take place April 21-24 at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis-based Indiana Rail Road Company is a privately-held, 500-mile railroad based in Indianapolis. The company hauls the equivalent of more than 800,000 truckloads of consumer, industrial and energy products each year.
The company is also active in the community, operating the annual Santa Train and serving as a sponsor of the Indiana Historical Society and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, in addition to grants for online communities.
Railway Age, founded in 1856 and the railroad industry's oldest trade publication, annually recognizes industry-leading railroads and executives for their accomplishments.
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