Rail Business Honors Win-Win Partnership

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Rail Business

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Rail
 Business, the most widely-read weekly newsletter covering the rail freight
 industry, honored RailAmerica's (Nasdaq: RAIL) Central Oregon & Pacific
 Railroad (CORP) and its shipper partner, Timber Products Company, with its
 fourth annual "Win-Win" award at the National Association of Rail Shippers'
 annual meeting in San Francisco on April 23.  The award recognizes an
 innovative partnership between a North American railroad and its customers
 resulting in improved efficiency and better overall rail service.
     A four-judge panel of industry experts awarded the top prize to CORP and
 Timber Products Company based on their collaborative efforts to shift the
 movement of more than 2,000 truckloads of veneer (thin sheets of wood used to
 create plywood) from truck to rail last year. The innovative highway-to-rail
 conversion project took more than three years to complete, and did not come
 without its share of challenges.
     Timber Products Company had previously used its own trucks to move veneer
 from its plant in Yreka, Calif. to plywood mills in Oregon.  CORP was anxious
 to capture some of this truck-only traffic, and as it happened, Timber
 Products was looking for ways to free up its truck fleet to handle more time-
 sensitive shipments. Management from both companies agreed to work together
 and see if there was a cost-effective way to ship the veneer by rail.
     Months of research and testing different types of rail equipment followed.
 The two companies finally settled on bulkhead flatcars, each capable of
 carrying the equivalent of more than three truckloads of veneer. There was
 just one problem: CORP didn't have the flatcars. With leasing proving too
 costly, the railroad struck up a unique arrangement with a larger Class I
 railroad to exchange five CORP-owned specialty cars -- that just happened to
 be in great demand by the Class I's customers -- for a dozen bulkhead
 flatcars.
     Innovative solutions like these helped both companies eventually realize
 their goals. In 2000, CORP moved 623 railcars of veneer - the equivalent of
 2,243 truckloads. Timber Products was able to utilize its truck fleet
 elsewhere and realized significant cost savings and efficiencies by shifting
 the veneer movements to rail. In fact, Timber Products is so satisfied with
 the rail program, it has constructed a rail track adjacent to its plant so it
 can further increase its efficiencies and meet its original goal of shipping
 1,000 rail carloads per year.
     "Timber Products was faced with a huge logistics challenge.  CORP was a
 great partner in helping us develop a cost-effective solution," stated Dan
 Bertak, Transportation Manager for Timber Products Company.
     "Many of these truck-to-rail conversions never take place due to the
 number of obstacles and changes involved," said Bob Libby, RailAmerica's
 Regional Vice President - Pacific Region. "Even though Timber Products' three
 plants were rail-served, this project required different logistics for loading
 and unloading the product, leading to adjustments in the way the plants
 operated.  The perseverance, cooperation and coordination between Timber
 Products' management and employees and the railroad were tremendous for this
 project.  In addition, our CORP team deserves to be applauded for a job well
 done!"
 
     RailAmerica's Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad operates 450 miles of
 track from Eugene, Oregon to Weed, California, with a branch line from Eugene,
 Oregon to Coquille, Oregon.  CORP handles over 45,000 carloads annually and
 interchanges traffic with Class I carrier Union Pacific.  Headquartered in
 Roseburg, Oregon, the railroad commenced operations in 1995 and employs 120.
 RailAmerica, Inc. (http://www.railamerica.com ), the world's largest short
 line and regional railroad operator, owns 39 short line and regional railroads
 operating approximately 11,000 route miles in the United States, Canada,
 Australia and the Republic of Chile.
 
     Timber Products Company is an 83-year-old, privately owned, highly
 diversified wood products manufacturing company with more than 1500 employees.
 At the heart of the company is 135,000 acres of timberlands in Northern
 California, land that is managed under the strict standards of the Sustainable
 Forestry Initiative.  Its products include softwood veneer, softwood plywood,
 hardwood veneer, hardwood lumber, hardwood plywood, particleboard, and
 decorative overlays.  The company has nine manufacturing plants located in
 Oregon, California, Michigan and Mississippi.  The primary sales offices are
 located in Springfield, Oregon and Memphis, Tennessee.  The International
 Division is a major importer of many commodity and specialty products from
 around the world.  Timber Products Company also operates an independent full-
 service trucking company, TP Trucking, which has a fleet of more than 140
 trucks carrying loads throughout the 48 contiguous states.
 
     Rail Business is published by Energy Argus, a media company specializing
 in business-to-business publishing for a professional audience. Rail Business
 has been serving the rail community in North America for the last six years.
 Energy Argus, a division of Petroleum Argus, has been serving the information
 needs of professional audiences around the globe since 1970. The company
 covers industries and markets around the world from its main offices in
 Singapore, Moscow, London, New York, Washington, D.C., and Houston.
 
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    SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Rail
 Business, the most widely-read weekly newsletter covering the rail freight
 industry, honored RailAmerica's (Nasdaq: RAIL) Central Oregon & Pacific
 Railroad (CORP) and its shipper partner, Timber Products Company, with its
 fourth annual "Win-Win" award at the National Association of Rail Shippers'
 annual meeting in San Francisco on April 23.  The award recognizes an
 innovative partnership between a North American railroad and its customers
 resulting in improved efficiency and better overall rail service.
     A four-judge panel of industry experts awarded the top prize to CORP and
 Timber Products Company based on their collaborative efforts to shift the
 movement of more than 2,000 truckloads of veneer (thin sheets of wood used to
 create plywood) from truck to rail last year. The innovative highway-to-rail
 conversion project took more than three years to complete, and did not come
 without its share of challenges.
     Timber Products Company had previously used its own trucks to move veneer
 from its plant in Yreka, Calif. to plywood mills in Oregon.  CORP was anxious
 to capture some of this truck-only traffic, and as it happened, Timber
 Products was looking for ways to free up its truck fleet to handle more time-
 sensitive shipments. Management from both companies agreed to work together
 and see if there was a cost-effective way to ship the veneer by rail.
     Months of research and testing different types of rail equipment followed.
 The two companies finally settled on bulkhead flatcars, each capable of
 carrying the equivalent of more than three truckloads of veneer. There was
 just one problem: CORP didn't have the flatcars. With leasing proving too
 costly, the railroad struck up a unique arrangement with a larger Class I
 railroad to exchange five CORP-owned specialty cars -- that just happened to
 be in great demand by the Class I's customers -- for a dozen bulkhead
 flatcars.
     Innovative solutions like these helped both companies eventually realize
 their goals. In 2000, CORP moved 623 railcars of veneer - the equivalent of
 2,243 truckloads. Timber Products was able to utilize its truck fleet
 elsewhere and realized significant cost savings and efficiencies by shifting
 the veneer movements to rail. In fact, Timber Products is so satisfied with
 the rail program, it has constructed a rail track adjacent to its plant so it
 can further increase its efficiencies and meet its original goal of shipping
 1,000 rail carloads per year.
     "Timber Products was faced with a huge logistics challenge.  CORP was a
 great partner in helping us develop a cost-effective solution," stated Dan
 Bertak, Transportation Manager for Timber Products Company.
     "Many of these truck-to-rail conversions never take place due to the
 number of obstacles and changes involved," said Bob Libby, RailAmerica's
 Regional Vice President - Pacific Region. "Even though Timber Products' three
 plants were rail-served, this project required different logistics for loading
 and unloading the product, leading to adjustments in the way the plants
 operated.  The perseverance, cooperation and coordination between Timber
 Products' management and employees and the railroad were tremendous for this
 project.  In addition, our CORP team deserves to be applauded for a job well
 done!"
 
     RailAmerica's Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad operates 450 miles of
 track from Eugene, Oregon to Weed, California, with a branch line from Eugene,
 Oregon to Coquille, Oregon.  CORP handles over 45,000 carloads annually and
 interchanges traffic with Class I carrier Union Pacific.  Headquartered in
 Roseburg, Oregon, the railroad commenced operations in 1995 and employs 120.
 RailAmerica, Inc. (http://www.railamerica.com ), the world's largest short
 line and regional railroad operator, owns 39 short line and regional railroads
 operating approximately 11,000 route miles in the United States, Canada,
 Australia and the Republic of Chile.
 
     Timber Products Company is an 83-year-old, privately owned, highly
 diversified wood products manufacturing company with more than 1500 employees.
 At the heart of the company is 135,000 acres of timberlands in Northern
 California, land that is managed under the strict standards of the Sustainable
 Forestry Initiative.  Its products include softwood veneer, softwood plywood,
 hardwood veneer, hardwood lumber, hardwood plywood, particleboard, and
 decorative overlays.  The company has nine manufacturing plants located in
 Oregon, California, Michigan and Mississippi.  The primary sales offices are
 located in Springfield, Oregon and Memphis, Tennessee.  The International
 Division is a major importer of many commodity and specialty products from
 around the world.  Timber Products Company also operates an independent full-
 service trucking company, TP Trucking, which has a fleet of more than 140
 trucks carrying loads throughout the 48 contiguous states.
 
     Rail Business is published by Energy Argus, a media company specializing
 in business-to-business publishing for a professional audience. Rail Business
 has been serving the rail community in North America for the last six years.
 Energy Argus, a division of Petroleum Argus, has been serving the information
 needs of professional audiences around the globe since 1970. The company
 covers industries and markets around the world from its main offices in
 Singapore, Moscow, London, New York, Washington, D.C., and Houston.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X34223685
 
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