August 15, 2016
R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC Hosts Kentucky 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – On August 15, 2016, R. J. Corman Railroad Group hosted U. S. Congressman Brett Guthrie from Kentucky’s 2nd District for a tour of company headquarters. The purpose of the tour was to highlight the significant role freight rail plays in the nation’s economy. Additionally, it identified how companies like R. J. Corman support the railroad industry through their construction, materials management, emergency response, switching, signaling and railroad companies.
“Building strong relationships with local, state and federal government officials is critical. So many decisions are made by these individuals that impact our businesses,” said R. J. Corman Board of Directors Chairman, Fred Mudge. “Opportunities like this allow us to further develop our connections with these individuals and provide insight into how the freight railroad industry positively impacts our economy – locally and nationally.”
“As a former member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I am well aware of the strategic role that freight railroads, especially short lines, play in keeping our economy moving,” the congressman stated. Congressman Guthrie also recently co-sponsored the 45G short line tax credit, which allows short line railroads to improve safety and efficiency, ultimately benefiting both customers and shippers located on these lines.
Guthrie currently serves on both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. As a Kentucky State Senator he served as chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. Congressman Guthrie’s district consists of 21 counties in Kentucky, including parts of Jessamine County, which is home to R. J. Corman’s corporate headquarters. Mr. Guthrie’s jurisdiction also covers areas served by R. J. Corman Railroad Company’s Bardstown Line (RJCR) and Memphis Line (RJCM). RJCR is also utilized to operate R. J. Corman’s My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, one of Kentucky’s most unique dining experiences.
“We are hopeful that this experience provided Mr. Guthrie with a greater understanding of the scope of R. J. Corman’s expertise in serving the freight railroad industry,” said Mr. Mudge. “We look forward to continuing a partnership with the congressman as he represents the 2nd District.”
Altogether, R. J. Corman Railroad Group employs more than 1,600 people in 25 states. R. J. Corman companies provide a myriad of services to the railroad industry such as: short line railroad operations, industrial railcar switching, emergency response, track material distribution, track construction, signal design and construction, railroad worker training, and building eco-friendly locomotives.