Union Pacific Donates Facility to U.S. Customs and Border Protection
New $800,000 rail inspection building benefits CBP officers in Eagle Pass, Texas
Eagle Pass, Texas, July 08, 2009 Officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Union Pacific celebrated the opening of a new rail inspection building in Eagle Pass, Texas, today. Union Pacific donated the $800,000 facility, which serves as a one-stop location for officers who process information and inspect incoming trains.
Eagle Pass Mayor Chad Foster, Maverick County Judge Jose Aranda and other guests dedicated the building, as a Union Pacific locomotive sounded its horn to officially open the new CBP rail facility. "Union Pacific and U.S. Customs and Border Protection work closely to provide safe and secure transportation of goods traveling through the Mexican gateways," said Union Pacific Vice President of Operations Bob Naro. "We look forward to our continued collaboration and I'd like to welcome local CBP officers to their new home in Eagle Pass."
Prior to the construction of the new building, officers traveled from the Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge to an approximately 30-foot trailer to inspect trains. The new facility is approximately 950 square feet and will be leased for $1 per year. It provides a comfortable, more secure working environment for officers protecting the Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras border crossing. Trains loaded with products such as grain, finished autos and wind turbines have made Eagle Pass one of the fastest growing Mexican gateways.
"Union Pacific is supporting new businesses locating near Piedras Negras, Mexico, which is having a positive economic impact on both sides of the border," said Foster. "The growth presented the need for a better facility for officers, CBP asked and Union Pacific delivered. This gift demonstrates Union Pacific's commitment to working with CBP and the Eagle Pass Community."
For years, Union Pacific has worked effectively with CBP to prevent illegal drugs and unauthorized train riders from entering the United States. In addition to constructing buildings and inspection towers at railroad border crossings, Union Pacific special agents and K-9 teams help CBP protect the U.S.-Mexico borders.
Union Pacific is the largest shipper of goods by rail across the United States and Mexico border. Rail gateways to Mexico for Union Pacific are located at Brownsville, Laredo, Eagle Pass, El Paso, Texas; Nogales, Arizona; and Calexico, California.
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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. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive 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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