May 08, 2008 15:00 ET

MachineryLink Selects BNSF Logistics for Capacity Management Services

SPRINGDALE, AR--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - BNSF Logistics LLC announced today that MachineryLink, the leading provider of combine leasing programs to agricultural producers in North America, has selected BNSF Logistics to provide equipment utilization services for MachineryLink's fleet operations and surge capacity management for seasonal demand.

MachineryLink, based in Kansas City, Mo., will utilize the services of BNSF Logistics to identify and facilitate optimal backhaul movements for its fleet, repositioning the specialized equipment into the company's key areas of need, while minimizing deadhead miles. As agricultural demand peaks, BNSF Logistics will also provide MachineryLink with additional specialized capacity to ensure consistent and timely service to its clients.

"BNSF Logistics' broad network of clients who utilize specialized equipment provides a volume balance for MachineryLink's backhaul needs," said Robert Sutton, Director of Supply Chain Services for BNSF Logistics. "During seasonal peaks, we are prepared to supply the additional capacity that MachineryLink will require."

"This relationship will be mutually beneficial," said Jim Bramlett, vice president of Logistics for MachineryLink. "MachineryLink will see improved efficiency in truck utilization and BNSF Logistics will have additional resources and capacity to service their customer base."

About BNSF Logistics

BNSF Logistics, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (BNSF) (NYSE: BNI), provides sustainable supply chain solutions that range from single shipment execution to complete network design and operations. BNSF Logistics offers safe, secure and cost-effective transportation intermediary services around the globe. For more information about BNSF Logistics, visit

About MachineryLink, Inc.

MachineryLink ( is the leading and fastest growing provider of combine leasing programs to agricultural producers in North America. Its headquarters are in Kansas City, Mo., with operational centers in Pratt, Kan., and North Sioux City, S.D. The company also maintains seasonal service facilities in five strategic locations across the United States. MachineryLink's unique Managed Lease programs allows growers to significantly lower their equipment costs by providing the latest harvest technology and equipment with guaranteed delivery and pick-up.

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