OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young will speak at the Detroit Economic Club's September 20 meeting, which will be held at The Dearborn Inn Marriott beginning at noon EDT.
Practically everything American businesses and consumers need and use moves by train, including grains and produce to feed families, lumber to build homes, furniture and electronics, concrete for roads, and chemicals that keep drinking water safe. Union Pacific is the largest automotive carrier west of the Mississippi River. In each of the past four years, Union Pacific's automotive freight traffic represented more than 75 percent of total western U.S. automotive rail carload volumes.
Young's presentation, "America's Railroads: Giving Our Nation a Competitive Edge," will discuss the vital link U.S. railroads play in America's economic future. He will discuss the railroad industry and Union Pacific's roles in addressing the country's transportation infrastructure challenges, providing jobs, developing technology, supporting communities and keeping American companies competitive in the global economy.
Union Pacific has invested more than $31 billion in its rail infrastructure since 2000, including an all-time high of $3.3 billion in 2011, while delivering record levels of customer service.
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About the Detroit Economic Club
The Detroit Economic Club was formed in 1934 as a platform for the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues. It is known internationally as a top speaking forum for prominent business and government leaders, who address members and their guests at the Club's 35 meetings a season. With more than 3,000 members, the DEC is about vital issues, prominent voices, a commitment to education and inspiring leadership. The Club is proud to have hosted every sitting U.S. President since Richard Nixon and to be ranked among the top speaking platforms in the world.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico.
SOURCE Union Pacific Corporation