DENVER – OmniTRAX, one of the largest privately held transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, held its annual National Leadership Meeting (NLM) in Denver February 19-21 to review 2018 performance and plan for 2019 growth. The theme for the conference was “Catch The Wave,” and had a focus on company culture. The event also featured the presentation of several awards to both individual team members and to rail lines operated by OmniTRAX.
“2018 was a record year for OmniTRAX and the NLM is an occasion to celebrate that success. At the same time, we know there may be some difficulties ahead in the economic landscape and the event also helps us shape our strategy to take advantage of hidden opportunities within those challenges,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.
The Jake Award with Distinction is a Short Line industry wide award from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), and is presented to any Short Line Railroad that completes the full previous calendar year with no FRA reportable injuries. The OmniTRAX rail lines receiving the Jake Award for 2018 include Alabama & Tennessee River Railway, Carlton Trail Railway Company, Central Texas & Colorado River Railway, Decatur Central Railroad, Great Western Railway of Colorado, Georgia Woodlands Railroad, Kettle Falls International Railway, Illinois Railway, Newburgh & South Shore Railroad, Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway, Sand Springs Railway Company, Northern Ohio & Western Railway and Panhandle Northern Railroad.
OmniSAFE awards, which go to all operations that had zero injuries in the previous calendar year, including FRA reportable and non reportable first aid injuries, were presented to Carlton Trail Railway Company, Decatur Central Railroad, Great Western Railway of Colorado, Georgia Woodlands Railroad, Kettle Falls International Railway, Newburgh & South Shore Railroad, Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway, Sand Springs Railway Company, Northern Ohio & Western Railway and Panhandle Northern Railroad.
The OmniTRAX Culture of Safety Award was given to Bryce Anderson, General Manager of the Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway, for operating the railroad without a reportable derailment for over seven and a half years, while handling 60% more carloads than forecast in 2018.
The OmniTRAX Railroad of the Year, which is awarded annually to the railroad with the most outstanding performance based on marked improvement in the culture of safety while demonstrating significant pride in ownership through efficiencies in capital expenditures resource utilization and achieving significant growth, went to Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railway. The BRG had a 25% year over year increase in carloads, almost 20% year over year increase in revenue and the last FRA reportable derailment was more than 16 years ago.
The OmniTRAX Energy Solutions Terminal of the Year, which is awarded to the depot with the best performance and other operating and safety metrics, was given to the Cotulla terminal. Using Precision Transload Techniques, Cotulla handled more than 1.3 million tons and finished 2018 with a best in class operating ratio of 21%.
The Arrows Up Basin of the Year, which is awarded to the highest preforming and safest basin in North America, was given to the Permian. Despite dramatic headwinds like some of the highest labor, lodging, and professional services costs, the Permian had the lowest operating ratio of all basins beating the next closest basin by more than 5%, plus had no reportable incidents in 2018.
The OmniTRAX Best Metrics awards, which are presented to the top operations based on 24-hour report switch and on-time performance, went to Newburgh & South Shore Railway, Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad and Kettle Falls International Railway.