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Union Pacific Launches New Transloading Service for Agricultural Products Customers

Plant-to-Port Export Solution for DDG, Grain and Grain Products

Omaha, Neb., March 28, 2011 – Union Pacific Railroad's new Plant-to-Port transportation and transload program provides customer product transfer from covered hopper unit trains directly to marine containers at the railroad's Yermo, Calif., facility.  The program includes double-stack intermodal train service on dock to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Union Pacific Distribution Services (UPDS) adds door-to-door supply chain logistics to the service, meaning customers can manage their entire freight movement through Union Pacific with a single point of contact.

Plant-to-Port initially will serve distillers dried grains (DDG) customers but is designed to handle bulk grain and processed grain products.

"This new unit train service provides a first-of-its-kind, plant-to-port transportation solution for our DDG customers," said Paul Hammes, Union Pacific vice president and general manager - Agricultural Products. "The Renewable Fuels Standard mandates increased ethanol production through 2015 and customers will need export solutions to supply new co-products markets. Demand from Asia is driving DDG, grain and grain products export growth to the west coast and we are offering those markets a source of empty marine containers, freight delivery and throughput capacity."

Empty 40-foot marine containers moved from Union Pacific's Intermodal Container Transfer Facility in Long Beach are staged at the railroad's Yermo facility prior to customer product arrival, expediting the transloading process.

UPDS provides marine container supply management, real-time product tracking, direct ocean carrier contact and transload management, all with a staff dedicated to this service.

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. 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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