March 15-16, 2012
Sand Creek Country Club
Chesterton, Indiana


Keynote Speakers:

Paul Fisher
 President & CEO, CenterPoint Properties

As one of the founders of CenterPoint Properties, Fisher oversees the largest inland port in the U.S. CenterPoint Properties provides full logistics solutions: rail terminal, warehouse/distribution, cross-dock, transloading, and container/equipment storage facilities as well as Foreign Trade Zone savings.

M. John Vickerman, P.E., AIA
President, Vickerman & Associates LLC

Vickerman specializes in the planning and design of port, intermodal, and freight logistics facilities and systems. He has worked on 67 of the 90 U.S. deep water, general cargo ports. His international work includes nearly all Canadian ports, Rotterdam, Hong Kong, the intermodal freight analysis for the Chunnel, and Pecém in Brazil among other international ports.

Rail Delivers JOBS:

“The $165 million Kirk Yard redevelopment project represents a significant investment in Northwest Indiana bringing approximately 251 new jobs to Gary, Indiana and nearly doubling CN’s workforce in the state. The new Kirk Yard will become CN’s largest facility in the United States capable of handling 2,500 rail cars per day, consolidating the railroad’s yard activity in the Chicago area, adding efficiency to our U.S. operations, and fueling growth in the Chicago region and Northwest Indiana.”

—Patrick Waldron, CN, Manager,
Public Affairs U.S., February 28, 2012

“Over the past decade in Indiana, Norfolk Southern’s Industrial Development Department has helped facilitate more than 75 new or expanded industry locations which have generated more than 8500 new jobs directly related to these projects, and invested more than 3.5 billion dollars. In 2011 nationwide, NS’s Industrial Development Department helped attract 73 new industrial facilities and the expansion of 27 existing plants. This represents $9.5 billion in investment and is expected to create 6,800 jobs.”

— Dayne E. Tate,
Industrial Development Manager,
Norfolk Southern, February 28, 2012

“Because Indiana Harbor Belt Rail Road (IHB) is the largest and most modern facility for processing efficiently and damage-free automobiles from the manufacturer to the dealer, we are investing $12 million in 2011 to expand our new automobile transfer facility due to the continuing increase in demand as recovery from the recession continues. IHB, the largest terminal switching carrier in the country, provides on-going jobs for the region; in 2011, we hired 100 people of which a majority will be committed to building the Hammond Yard to service the needs of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.”

— Jim Roots, Manager of Indiana Harbor
Belt Rail Road, March 1, 2012

“The Indiana Rail Road continues to push the envelope on capital investment to provide our customers with superior service. In 2011 alone, we invested $22 million in our physical plant, the first of a five year capital investment plan totaling $50 million. Due to a 25-year track record of aggressive marketing and service, we moved our 2 millionth carload of revenue freight in November 2011. It took us 18 years, 9 months to move the first 1 million cars, and only 6 years, 11 months to move the second million.”

— Thomas G. Hoback,
Founder, President and CEO,
Indiana Rail Road Company,
February 29, 2012

“The continuously improving business climate in Indiana makes this an exciting time to be in the freight rail business in our state. South Shore Freight Railroad, by offering neutral access to all railroads serving the greater Chicagoland area, is in prime position to assist rail oriented businesses seeking to locate in Indiana with logistics solutions. The Rail Summit is an ideal venue to network with potential and existing customers to do what we do best—Connecting Industry and Delivering Value.”


— Andrew Fox, President
SouthShore Freight,
February 29, 2012


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