Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dymax Rail hosts Rep. Roger Marshall for Grassroots facility tour, policy discussion

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Dymax Rail hosted a tour and policy discussion along with Watco Companies, LLC, for Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) at its Wamego, Kan., facility.


The tour was led by Scott Balderson, president and CEO, Dymax Rail. The group demonstrated Dymax's Rail Raider SC, which can be equipped with an integrated turntable system allowing the machine to practically lift itself off the road and onto rail tracks.

"It was a privilege hosting Rep. Marshall and Watco," said Balderson. "Our family and company has been focused on a single mission since beginning in Wamego nearly 140 years ago: building high quality industrial products in Kansas. Smart federal policies that encourage investments in our rail network and infrastructure support jobs here in Wamego and across our state. We were pleased to the share the importance of rail to our state and community with the Congressman. "

The group discussed the privately funded nature of America's freight railroad network. Additionally, the group advocated for support of the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy Act (BRACE). The BRACE Act will allow the nation's small, local freight railroads to increase their reinvestments to upgrade and expand the "first and last mile" of transportation infrastructure, benefitting Kansas shippers that depend on affordable freight access.

"I was glad to join Dymax today and learn about their longstanding commitment to Wamego," said Rep. Marshall. "I look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure that our producers continue to have the ability to transport our state's products to enable them to compete worldwide."

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) and the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) jointly coordinated the event. Together, the two organizations represent more than 20 Kansas-based rail contractors and suppliers.

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