SOURCE: BNSF Railway Company

BNSF Railway Company

November 17, 2009 17:40 ET

BNSF Honors Plainsman Switching Company for Partnership Excellence

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwire - November 17, 2009) - BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has recognized the Plainsman Switching Co. (PSC), headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, with a BNSF Shortline Achievement Award. The award was presented to PSC General Manager R.W. Chisum at BNSF's 14th Annual Shortline Conference on Oct. 19, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.

"Plainsman Switching Company has reinvented and grown their Lubbock, Texas shortline business by understanding market demands, listening to customer needs, providing unique service offerings and investing in their infrastructure to meet customer expectations," said Pete Rickershauser, BNSF vice president, Network Development.

PSC is locally owned and operated by PYCO Industries, which has a 60-year history of processing cottonseed. Since acquiring the railroad in 2007 after an expensive three-year regulatory and legal journey, PYCO Industries has restored confidence in rail service in Lubbock, attracting new rail-served businesses to the area. PSC transports major commodities such as cottonseed, cotton oil, grain, aggregates and machinery.

BNSF Shortline Achievement Awards were also presented to the Yellowstone Valley Railroad and the Burlington Junction Railway.

"These shortline railroads symbolize the kind of relationship that exists between BNSF and our shortlines working to the ultimate benefit of all our customers," said Rickershauser. "These awards are designed to honor the shortlines that have exceeded expectations, not only in building new business, but also providing customer focus, resourcefulness, operational flexibilities, and a local presence in their communities."

Operating on about 19,000 miles of track across the United States, nearly 200 BNSF shortline partners keep hundreds of communities and businesses connected to its mainline.

A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE: BNI), BNSF Railway operates one of the largest railroad networks in North America, with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. The railway is among the world's top transporters of intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other American railroad, transports the components of many of the products we depend on daily, and hauls enough low-sulfur coal to generate about ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States. BNSF Railway is an industry leader in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at

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