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BNSF honors 27 Brainerd employees for outstanding achievements

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) honored 27 Brainerd employees at its 2013 Employees of the Year ceremony held last week in Fort Worth, Texas.

This 27-member team developed a high-speed track-lifting machine that reduces the amount of time track is out of service for repair. The team was involved in every aspect of the project, including design, construction and placing the machine into service.

Team members recognized for the development of the High-Lift Track Machine included: Michael Anderson, electrical worker; Mac Caughey, machinist; Derrick Cherne, carman; James Cole, boilermaker; Joe Derosier, machinist; Josh Foote, boilermaker; Justin Francis, general laborer; Scott Herron, carman; Greg Hillman, sheet metal worker; Todd Hinch, machinist; Justin Horsman, machinist; Will Horsman, machinist; Joe Hynes, boilermaker; Daaron Johnson, machinist; Travis Larson, machinist; Mark Mankowski, electrical worker; Dennis Mills, mechanical foreman, equipment; Rodney Nelson, machinist; Glenn Newby, planned maintenance coordinator; Jerry Prentice, electrical worker; Corey Rakow, sheet metal worker; Paul Rudolph, machinist; Michael Schlueter, electrical worker; Jeffrey Schurman, shop superintendent; Bruce Segler, carman; James Teas, electrical worker; and Craig Weigel, sheet metal worker.

“BNSF’s dedicated employees fuel the success of our company,” said Carl Ice, president and chief executive officer of BNSF in a news release. “The 2013 Employees of the Year awards honor those individuals who demonstrate BNSF’s vision and values through their integrity, dedication and commitment to working safely and efficiently to meet the expectations of our customers and the communities we serve.”

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces.

BNSF reports it is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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