Kansas City Southern President and CEO Ottensmeyer Tapped to Lead U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue Strategic Trade Initiatives Working Group

January 12, 2017

U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWSPhone: 202-463-5682, 888-249-NEWS, press@uschamber.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 12, 2017Contact: Stacy Day(202) 463-5682 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue has named Kansas City Southern President and CEO ... Read More


Jose Zozaya named chairman of USMCOC binational board members

May 26, 2016

On May 24 and 25, the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC) hosted its Annual Meeting, Binational Conference and Good Neighbor Awards 2016 event in Washington, D.C.  On May 25, KCSM president, general manager and executive representative Jose Zozaya was... Read More


KCS promotes Mexico to North American transload community

May 06, 2016

Last week, the KCS U.S. and Mexico Sales and Marketing teams participated in the Transload Distribution Association of North America (TDANA) Annual Conference in Carefree, Ariz., where vice president sales and marketing David Eaton was a speaker.  KCS also hosted a... Read More


KCS celebrates multiculturalism at KC Global Student Fair

April 22, 2016

On April 12 and 13, KCS was among the sponsors of People to People International’s (PTPI) inaugural Kansas City Global Student Fair at Union Station.  The objective was to show metro area students how global Kansas City is and help them see diverse ... Read More


KCSR Environmental team in the community for TRANSCAER®

April 15, 2016

On April 13, the KCSR Environmental and Hazmat department conducted a TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness Emergency Response) event for area first responders in West Point, Miss.  Participants learned about railroad emergency response (tank cars, ... Read More


KCSM recognized as socially responsible company

April 01, 2016

KCSM was recently recognized by Cemefi as a socially responsible company.  The Mexican Center for Philanthropy, Cemefi, is a national non-profit organization founded in 1988 to promote and articulate the work of philanthropic, committed and socially-responsible ... Read More


STEPS terminal to locate on KCS main line

April 01, 2016

In a March 23 news release, Rangeland Energy announced that it has initiated development of the South Texas Energy Products System (STEPS) in Corpus Christi, Texas.  The terminal site is located on the KCS main line and targeted to be in service first quarter 2017 ... Read More


Officers on KCSR train in Nederland

March 04, 2016

On February 2, KCSR and the Nederland Police Department conducted an Officer on a Train event yielding seven citations – six for failing to stop for the approaching train.  Three warnings were issued to motorists for stopping on the tracks and disregarding ... Read More


KCSR’s Fussell named SWARS Person of the Year

February 26, 2016

On February 25, at the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers spring meeting, the organization recognized KCSR assistant vice president sales and marketing Jennifer Fussell as its 2015 Person of the Year.  She was recognized for chairing the Mexico outreach ... Read More


KCSR Environmental team in the community with TRANSCAER®

February 26, 2016

On February 17, the KCSR Environmental and Hazmat department conducted a TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness Emergency Response) event for members of the Victoria, Texas Fire Department.  Participants learned about railroad emergency response (tank ... Read More


Railroads essential to Mexico’s industrialization, productivity

February 26, 2016

On February 10 to 12 in Acapulco, ExpoRail Mexico 2016 brought together some of the most influential people in the freight rail industry from North America, South America and Europe to discuss opportunities and challenges.  Officials from KCSM were among the ... Read More


Maintenance of Way Production team completes major project safely

February 26, 2016

In their first project of the year, the KCSR Maintenance of Way Production team relayed 25 miles of rail between Dequincy and DeRidder, La.  As part of the job, they installed 175,000 tie plates, 175,000 rail anchors, 876,000 spikes and almost 13,000 feet of rail ... Read More


KCSM North Zone Transportation safety blitz

February 19, 2016

This week, as part of its commitment to safety, KCSM conducted a North Zone Transportation safety blitz, including industries, yards, trains and supervisors from various terminals.   As part of the safety blitz, a breakfast was hosted for team members in ... Read More


KCSR to begin PTC testing February 29

February 19, 2016

On February 29, KCSR will begin Positive Train Control (PTC) Field Integration Testing (FIT) - a set of intensive tests to help validate the safety of PTC technologies and hardware in a variety of scenarios, prior to full implementation across the KCSR network.  ... Read More


KCSR, PD promote public safety in Port Arthur

February 19, 2016

On February 17, KCSR hosted an Officer on a Train event with the Port Arthur Police Department.  In two hours of the morning drive, police made 16 traffic stops and issued 26 citations on multiple trips over four grade crossings.  KBMT 12 News was on scene to ... Read More


PCRC hosts Floridians for Better Transportation

February 19, 2016

In January, PCRC president Thomas Kenna hosted members of Floridians for Better Transportation, a Tallahassee-based transportation advocacy association, aboard the PCRC passenger train.  For several years, FBT has brought Florida government officials and business ... Read More


KCS promotes private investment amidst Mexico’s energy reform

February 12, 2016

Last week, a delegation of KCS executives and strategic partners visited government and private-sector leaders in Monterrey and Mexico City to discuss new business opportunities made possible by Mexico’s energy reform.  Among the delegates were KCS president ... Read More


BPI cross-border project team improves International Bridge capacity

February 12, 2016

Last year, KCS identified the International Rail Bridge at Laredo/Nuevo Laredo as an opportunity to improve operational efficiency and a candidate for the Business Process Improvement (BPI) Program.  A project was established, and a BPI team, including KCSR and ... Read More


KCS sponsors TEGMA annual meeting

January 29, 2016

This week in Scottsdale, Ariz., KCS was among the sponsors of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Transportation, Elevator and Grain Merchants Association (TEGMA), and was represented at the meeting by vice president sales and marketing for the agriculture and minerals ... Read More


KCSR hosts K-9 workshop at Wylie Intermodal Terminal

January 29, 2016

On January 27, KCSR Police hosted a K-9 training workshop at the Wylie Intermodal Terminal in Texas.  Police departments from Wylie, Plano, Carrolton, Farmers Branch, Addison and the Collin County Sheriff’s Office participated.   The event was a ... Read More


KCSR hosts first TRANSCAER® event of 2016

January 15, 2016

This week, the KCSR Environmental and Hazmat department hosted its first TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness Emergency Response) event of 2016 in Simsboro, La.  Participating in the event were the Louisiana State Police, the Ruston, Monroe, West ... Read More


KCSR delivers solutions to keep traffic moving during flooding

January 15, 2016

In Vicksburg, Miss., KCSR interchanges traffic with the Vicksburg Southern Railroad (VSOR), a 21-mile line of track formerly known as KCSR’s Redwood Branch that was leased to Watco Companies’ VSOR in 2006.  On this line, VSOR switches rail cars for an ... Read More


KCS offers solution for supply chain protection

January 15, 2016

This week, KCS participated in the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) meeting in Lombard, Ill.  In addition to hosting a customer dinner during the three-day meeting, KCS president Pat Ottensmeyer was the luncheon speaker addressing supply chain protection... Read More


KCSR locomotive engineer recognized by Sheriff’s Safety Town

January 08, 2016

On December 4, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office recognized KCSR locomotive engineer Stephen Prator, Jr. with its Friends of Safety Town Award for service to the community by promoting rail safety education at Sheriff’s Safety Town and through the ... Read More


KCS says farewell to Landon Rowland

January 08, 2016

On December 28, Landon Rowland, former chairman of the Kansas City Southern Industries (KCSI) board of directors, passed away in Kansas City, Mo.  Mr. Rowland served on the board from 1983 to 2004 and was chairman from 1997 to 2000.  He also served as CEO from... Read More


State of the Railroad: From the Desks of KCS CEO David L. Starling and President Patrick J. Ottensmeyer

January 04, 2016

According to Merriam-Webster, resilience is defined as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.  In 2015, KCS demonstrated resilience in every aspect of its operations, finances and marketing.  To weather 2015’s unexpected economic ... Read More


KCSM draws supply chain attention to SLP route

December 11, 2015

On December 1, Administración Portuaria Integral (API) de Tampico hosted an event in San Luis Potosí for approximately 50 people from the logistics community, including representatives of the port, terminals, Customs and potential customers.  KCSM ... Read More


KCS Holiday Express chugs along with record crowds, volunteer elves needed

December 11, 2015

Now 14 days in to its 24-day run, the 2015 KCS Holiday Express has seen 44,971 visitors through the train.  After stops in Louisiana and Texas last week, the train moved on to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.  The train will spend its final week in ... Read More


Tren Navideño wraps up successful 2015 run

December 04, 2015

This week, KCSM completed the fifth annual run of Tren Navideño with approximately 11,750 visitors turning out to see the train, watch the Minions movie and enjoy popcorn, juice, sweets, bread and toys.  This year, the train visited 10 communities, including... Read More


KCS hosts six Missouri governors in historic event

December 04, 2015

On November 20 at KCS headquarters in Kansas City, all six of Missouri’s living governors came together to discuss economic issues facing the state.  The historic gathering focused on the role that the Hawthorn Foundation has played in helping these leaders ... Read More


New FRA administrator visits KCS corporate headquarters

December 04, 2015

On December 1, KCS hosted U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) administrator Sarah Feinberg, deputy associate administrator Pat Warren and Region 6 administrator Steve Fender for a meeting at corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.  Feinberg was confirmed ... Read More


KCSR supports two Officer on a Train details in Louisiana

December 04, 2015

Recently, KCSR, Louisiana Operation Lifesaver and local law enforcement collaborated on two public safety events.   On November 25, an Officer on a Train event was conducted by KCSR, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana Operation Lifesaver... Read More


KCSM discusses petrochemicals in Cancun

December 04, 2015

On November 7, KCSMS subdirectora de ventas Yesica Gloria Marrufo spoke at the Latin American Petrochemicals and Polymers Conference (LAPPC) in Cancun, Mexico.  The conference covered global trends affecting the Latin America petrochemical industry, polyethylene ... Read More


KCS prepares for anticipated petrochemical business growth

December 04, 2015

On December 3, KCS executive vice president and chief marketing officer Brian Hancock addressed the 2015 Petrochemical Supply Chain and Export Logistics conference in Houston, Texas.  The event, hosted by FC Business Intelligence, publisher of the Petrochemical ... Read More


KCS Holiday Express, marriage proposals and cheerful train symbols

December 04, 2015

Now seven days in to its 2015 run, the KCS Holiday Express has seen 24,293 visitors through the train in DeRidder, La., Beaumont, Kendleton, El Campo, Victoria, Ganado and Wharton, Texas.  Tonight, the train will be in Shreveport, La.  The complete schedule ... Read More


Cross-functional safety training in SLP

December 04, 2015

Over three days in November, 80 KCSMS Transportation, Engineering and Mechanical employees participated in a series of safety training sessions in San Luis Potosi.  The objective was to share best operating practices for injury prevention.  Sessions were ... Read More


KCS shifting approach to business a topic at RailTrends 2015

November 20, 2015

This week, KCS executive vice president and chief marketing officer Brian Hancock joined an elite group of industry leaders presenting at RailTrends® 2015 in New York City.  Like his message to the State of Logistics® Report event last week, he spoke of the... Read More


PTC update from SVP Operations Support and CIO Mike Naatz

November 20, 2015

As most know, KCSR’s implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) is well underway.  PTC is a set of highly advanced technologies designed to automatically stop a train if it exceeds certain operating parameters.  Recently, the U.S. government ... Read More


KCS promotes rail opportunities under Mexican energy reform

November 13, 2015

Last week in Veracruz, KCS participated in the first Pemex Midstream conference.  The event was organized by the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, Pemex, to explore logistics and distribution opportunities under Mexico’s energy reform.  More than 2,... Read More


Pet food is milestone for KCSM’s Puerta Mexico intermodal facility

November 13, 2015

This week in Toluca, Mexico, a seemingly ordinary shipment of pet food marked a major milestone for KCSM’s Puerta Mexico intermodal facility.  Pet food was in the first container shipped to the new SENASICA inspection facility.   Puerta Mexico is ... Read More


Shifting KCS’ approach to business

November 13, 2015

On November 12, KCS executive vice president and chief marketing officer Brain Hancock was one of five supply chain logistics experts who participated on a panel discussion at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s (CSCMP) 26th Annual State of ... Read More


KCSR, Arkansas emergency responders connect for GCCI course

November 06, 2015

On November 2, KCSR hosted a Grade Crossing Collision Investigation (GCCI) course in Ashdown, Ark.  Sixteen police officers from Ashdown and Foreman participated in the eight-hour class.  KCSR senior trainmaster Landon Frye, signal supervisor Don Brinlee, ... Read More


Safety training for KCSMS operating employees

November 06, 2015

Recently, the KCSM Labor Relations and Operations departments hosted safety training for KCSMS union employees in Monterrey, N.L. to heighten awareness of safety both on and off the job. The safety training was well-attended with opening comments provided by KCSM ... Read More


Work Equipment Shop rebuilds to minimize production downtime

November 06, 2015

In an effort to minimize equipment downtime for tie and steel production gangs, the KCSR Work Equipment Shop in Shreveport, La. initiated an equipment exchange program.  Instead of buying new equipment, the shop’s team is rebuilding existing equipment at 70 ... Read More


Federal government extends PTC deadline

October 30, 2015

On October 29, President Obama signed into law a bill extending the Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation deadline, following passage of the bill by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday and the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.  Previously, the implementation... Read More


Local safety committee ready to provide CPR/first aid training

October 30, 2015

Recently, the Kansas City Knoche yard local safety committee recognized a demand for CPR and first aid training and worked to get the training in place for its members.  On October 1, mechanical safety and training coordinator Casey Hall instructed a train-the-... Read More


Federal government extends PTC deadline

October 30, 2015

On October 29, President Obama signed into law a bill extending the Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation deadline, following passage of the bill by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday and the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.  Previously, the implementation... Read More


KCSR Houston team discusses international rail access

October 30, 2015

On October 28, KCSR sponsored and participated in the 7th Annual Harris County International Trade & Transportation Conference in Houston, Texas.  The purpose of the conference was to explore the future of trade and transportation in the region and find out ... Read More


KCSR Houston team discusses international rail access

October 30, 2015

On October 28, KCSR sponsored and participated in the 7th Annual Harris County International Trade & Transportation Conference in Houston, Texas.  The purpose of the conference was to explore the future of trade and transportation in the region and find out ... Read More


Sommerhauser recognized at AAR environmental award event

October 30, 2015

On October 27, the Association of American Railroads held its 2015 Professional Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.  The top award went to an individual from CSX Railroad.  Nominees from each of the other Class I railroads were also ... Read More