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 what needs to be done to keep the economy moving and local business growing.
Harris County has long been regarded as a robust center of international trade and home to one of the world’s busiest ports. The region provides a vital and essential gateway for trade linking North America with international markets around the globe. Part of that link is the cross-border KCS rail network and the intermodal shipper facility at Kendleton, Texas. Houston (or The Woodlands specifically) is also home to a KCSR Sales and Marketing and Operations office, due to the strategic importance of this location.
Houston-based KCSR assistant vice president sales and marketing Jennifer Fussell and assistant vice president intermodal and international sales Rafael Mercado participated in a panel discussion at the conference called “Infrastructure: We are planning for growth – Now, how are the goods going to move?” They were joined on the panel by Gulf Intermodal Services president Will Connell, and the panel was moderated by Transportation Intermediaries Association president and CEO Bob Voltmann.
“Harris County’s industrial and international trade is well-positioned to take advantage of the KCS network’s efficiencies to reach new markets in and through Mexico,” said Mercado.
Fussell added, “Mexico energy reform and an increased global demand for petrochemicals produced in the Houston region are growth drivers. Plastic resin, refined products and consumer goods shippers have an opportunity to diversify their supply chain to include Houston and Mexico.”