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Union Pacific buys Railex’s refrigerated and cold storage distribution assets

LBR Staff Writer Published 04 January 2017

US-based Union Pacific has acquired refrigerated and cold storage distribution assets from Railex for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition includes Railex’s refrigerated and cold storage distribution assets in Delano of California, Wallula of Washington and Rotterdam of New York.

The deal does not include Railex Wine Services.

Railex’s assets will enable Union Pacific’s food network to transport fruits, vegetables and other temperature-sensitive cargo products across the US.

Union Pacific’s food trains offer direct services to Railex's Delano and Wallula facilities, which are situated in the centre of major agricultural production regions.

The food train network provides services to the Midwest consumer base through Chicago and Northeast region through CSX.

Railex will continue to manage facilities during the transition and integration of its operations with Union Pacific

Union Pacific agricultural products general manager and vice president Brad Thrasher said: "The Railex team developed a fantastic business changing how fresh food arrives on America's tables, offering food shippers fast, reliable door-to-door rail based transportation solutions.

"The integration of their highly efficient cross dock facilities and logistics capabilities into Union Pacific's broader Food Network allows us to offer our customers increased access to a wider range of capacity and service solutions in a rail-centric cold chain."

Union Pacific Railroad, part of the Union Pacific Corporation, connects 23 states in the western part of the US. It serves diversified businesses, including agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, coal, and industrial products.

Image: Union Pacific has purchased refrigerated and cold storage distribution assets from Railex. Photo: courtesy of adamr / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.