Union Pacific Delivers Salt To Aid Colorado Snowstorm Recovery

Nation’s largest railroad to deliver more than 15,000 tons of salt to replenish depleted stockpiles

Omaha, Neb., January 5, 2007 – For most people, salt is primarily thought of as a seasoning used in meal preparation. However, in Colorado, salt is a key ingredient in helping the state recover from two major snow storms that dumped two to four feet of snow within a week.  

This wintry one-two punch greatly diminished Colorado’s salt stockpile used to melt ice and maintain roads.  Today, Union Pacific is delivering a set of 50 salt-filled rail cars for unloading outside of Denver.

"Because of the severity of these storms, the stockpiles of salt in Colorado were pretty much depleted," said Randy Blackburn, regional vice president – Northern region. "Union Pacific employees performed yeomen efforts to quickly move empty rail cars to Utah for loading and a return trip to Colorado. Our employees were also instrumental in quickly re-opening rail lines and working to resume normal operations despite back-to-back winter storms."

Union Pacific expects to run three or four additional trains to help Colorado replenish its salt stockpiles over the next several weeks. 

Jobs at Union Pacific

Currently, Union Pacific has job openings at many locations throughout its 23-state operating system. Opportunities are available in train service, skilled disciplines (e.g., diesel mechanics and electricians) and management. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.unionpacific.jobs.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

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