November 12, 2018
Kansas City, Mo., November 12, 2018. In observation of U.S. Veterans Day, Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) today in Shreveport, La. unveiled KCS locomotive 4006, newly painted in a patriotic paint scheme. The locomotive is a 2005 EMD SD70ACE maintained in the Shreveport KCS Locomotive Shop. KCS hosted a photo shoot with the locomotive and its Shreveport-based military active duty and veteran employees.
“With the painting of KCS 4006, we wanted to demonstrate our patriotism for our country and our pride in U.S. military activity duty and veteran employees, past and present, who are a part of the KCS family,” said KCS executive vice president and chief operating officer Jeffrey M. Songer.
The idea for this locomotive came from KCS assistant vice president locomotive operations Chris Mitchell, who worked with contractor Jerry Barton to paint the locomotive. In recent years, Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Barton have been involved in converting the KCS locomotive fleet from its previous grey paint scheme to the current red, yellow and black, heritage paint scheme.
KCS also honored its active duty and veteran employees throughout the network with a portrait slide show and breakfast at corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.
“The values and work ethic of military active duty and veteran workers align very well with KCS and the railroad industry in general,” said KCS senior vice president human resources Lora Cheatum. “We salute these important workers on Veterans Day and actively recruit them into our workforce all year round.”
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances with other North American rail partners are primary components of a unique railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Contact: C. Doniele Carlson, 816-983-1372