Union Pacific Announces Operations Management Change in Wichita, Kansas
Omaha, Neb., March 31, 2008 Union Pacific Railroad today announced the promotion of Kurt Zalar to superintendent-transportation services of its Wichita Service Unit effective April 1, 2008.
In his new role, Zalar will be responsible for the safe operation of an average 55 trains a day over more than 1,100 miles of track in southeast Kansas, central and eastern Oklahoma and west-central Arkansas. Zalar replaces Steve Truitt, who has left the company to accept a position with another company within the rail industry.
Zalar began his railroad career with Union Pacific in 1994 as a track repair person in Montpelier, Idaho. He held several positions in the Engineering department and in 1996 became a train dispatcher in the Operating department at Union Pacific’s Harriman Dispatching Center (HDC) in Omaha, Neb. Zalar was promoted to corridor manager in 1999 and he held several operations positions in Rawlins, Wyo.; San Bernardino and Oakland, Calif. Prior to being named superintendent-transportation services of the Wichita Service Unit, Zalar held the position of director – intermodal terminal operations in Oakland. Zalar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Utah State University in Logan.
The Wichita Service Unit reports to the Southern Region vice president in Spring, Texas.
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