Appliance Manufacturing Employees Welcome at Union Pacific

Newton, Iowa Workers Affected by Recent Plant Closing Can Look to North America’s Railroad for Jobs

Omaha, Neb., October 29, 2007 – With nearly 40 percent of its workforce reaching retirement age in the next ten years, Union Pacific Railroad continues to recruit and hire new employees to ensure consumer products, ethanol, automobiles, coal and food continue to move across the nation’s rail system. This could be great news for the 550 employees affected by the recent plant closing in the Newton, Iowa area.

"While we don’t expect all of our employees to take retirement the minute they are eligible," said Barb Schaefer, senior vice president Human Resources, "we do want to add employees now so they will have the opportunity to learn and gain the experience needed to maintain the high standards set by our current employees."

Union Pacific Railroad is aggressively hiring several thousand new employees in 2007 and beyond, at all levels, from train service and railroad track maintenance to management positions.  There are currently job openings in Cedar Rapids, Boone and Des Moines, Iowa.

The company offers great wages, benefits and opportunity for advancement. Over the last several years, Union Pacific was recognized as a quality employer by several leading organizations:

  • Working Mother magazine recognized Union Pacific Railroad as one of the nation’s 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers;
  • LATINA Style magazine selected Union Pacific Railroad as one of the best companies for Latina employees in the United States;
  • G. I. Jobs Magazine named Union Pacific Railroad The Most Military Friendly Employer;
  • Fortune magazine named Union Pacific the most admired railroad in its America’s Most Admired Companies list.

To learn more about opportunities available, applicants can visit the company Web site at and click on the “Jobs at UP” section. People without access to computers should visit their local job service, public library or copy center. Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age. People who receive a job offer are required to successfully complete a medical exam, drug test and background investigation.

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.

For further information, contact Mark Davis (402) 544-5459.

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