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ISRI Raises Awareness of Rail Issues at Northeast Association Rail Shippers

Last week, ISRI addressed members of the Northeast Association of Rail Shippers to both describe the economic and geographic size of the scrap recycling industry and the rail service issues the industry faces.

IMG_0462_300In the presentation, Billy Johnson explained how dependent the scrap recycling industry is on rail service to get materials into scrap yards and to get those processed commodities to its customers. Additionally, Billy explained that trucks are simply not a cost effective option once the shipping radius exceeds 250 miles. He also dispelled the myth that scrap processors ship the same materials to the same customers with little variety. Billy commented on the disruptions caused by the changes at CSXT last year that resulted in wide spread service disruptions to everyone east of the Mississippi River. Billy also provided some suggestions to rail shippers towards finding solutions to their rail service problems including more communications with their rail companies and leveraging the services of the Surface Transportation Board. ISRI plans to use such forums to raise the awareness of the scrap recycling industry and to foster relationships with other shippers and transportation providers. For more information, please contact Billy Johnson.
 

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