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Trucks and trains are positioned to move frac sand at the new Loup railport in El Reno, Oklahoma.

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Trucks and trains are positioned to move frac sand at the new Loup railport in El Reno, Oklahoma.

Loup Opens New Railport in Oklahoma to Meet Local Frac Sand Needs

Released August 3, 2018

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Oklahoma is home to STACK, an active shale play located near the central portion of the state. Production levels are rising in this area, which is great news for oil producers, but they face a challenge: frac sand is required for the horizontal drilling process that produces their product, and the very best sand for the job, northern white sand, is located all the way up in Wisconsin and Minnesota. This very challenge is what drove a Loup solution: establish a railport in El Reno, Oklahoma — right in the middle of the STACK shale.

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Inbound Logistics Names Loup a Top 100 3PL Provider

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Inbound Logistics Names Loup a Top 100 3PL Provider

Released August 2, 2018

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We’re delighted to announce Inbound Logistics magazine has named Loup a 2018 Top 100 Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Provider. This marks the second year Loup employees have been honored for their dedication to providing top-notch service to our customers, as last year UPDS, one of the subsidiaries that merged to form Loup, also earned the designation.

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Loup Operations Carrier Support Regions

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Loup Operations Carrier Support Regions

Loup Operations Carrier Support Team Realigned

Released March 13, 2018

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In an effort to improve the quality and timeliness of responses to carrier inquiries, we have realigned our carrier support team within Loup's Operations department.

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Mike Dickmeyer, Loup's new Senior Director of Operations

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Mike Dickmeyer, Loup's new Senior Director of Operations

Loup Appoints New Operations Director

Released February 14, 2018

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Loup is excited to welcome a new member to the team: Mike Dickmeyer will serve as Loup’s Senior Director of Operations - Intermodal & Auto Parts. In his role, Mike is responsible for all of Loup’s intermodal operations, leading the Intermodal Operations team, and ensuring Loup meets the specialized needs of our intermodal and auto parts customers.

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Following Proper Loading Procedures

Released February 12, 2018

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Safety is a core value at Loup. It is something to which we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and that includes following procedures related to the safety of fleets, drivers and shipments.

Proper loading is one of the safety measures we take very seriously at Loup. We have a team of experts available to help our carriers and customers ensure freight is properly loaded with equal distribution of weight on container floors, and that containers are properly blocked and braced for intermodal transport in accordance with AAR standards. Loup will not engage in hauling overweight or over-gross shipments, as defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

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Kenny Rocker announces the new Capacity Manager

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Kenny Rocker announces the new Capacity Manager functionality at the Petrochemical Supply Chain & Logistics conference in Houston

Coming Soon: ShipmentVision Capacity Manager

Released December 13, 2017

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Exciting enhancements are coming soon to our advanced shipment tracking platform, ShipmentVision. Starting this spring, Loup will offer Capacity Manager, a new functionality that gives customers unprecedented visibility to their inbound rail cars across all rail carriers. Capacity Manager is being rolled out now on a limited basis and will be available for a wider audience in early 2018.

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Cy Harrison receives the SmartWay Excellence Award on behalf of UPDS (now Loup).

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Cy Harrison receives the SmartWay Excellence Award on behalf of UPDS.

UPDS Receives SmartWay Excellence Award for Second Consecutive Year

Released November 8, 2017

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UPDS (now Loup) is proud to have been honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the second consecutive year. UPDS was once again recognized as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

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Loup Logistics Launches Today

Released November 1, 2017

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Today marks the very first day of business for our new company, Loup Logistics. Loup is the result of a merger of four subsidiaries, Union Pacific Distribution Services (UPDS), Streamline, ShipCarsNow and Insight Network Logistics (INL) into a single, wholly owned Union Pacific subsidiary: Loup.

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UPDS Logistics Service Representative Ashley Eisert celebrates her graduation from UNO

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UPDS Logistics Service Representative Ashley Eisert celebrates her graduation from UNO

A Day in the Life of a Logistics Service Representative

Released September 27, 2017

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Meet Ashley Eisert. She’s a Logistics Service Representative, which means she uses her expertise to manage customers’ shipments by providing logistics support, problem solving and proactive monitoring.

Every day, Ashley helps ensure our customers’ products are moving efficiently by road and by rail to arrive at their destinations on time.

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Senior Logistics Manager Lori Nicholson

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Senior Logistics Manager Lori Nicholson recently retired after 36 years with UPDS and Union Pacific Railroad.

A Day in the Life of a Senior Logistics Manager

Released September 20, 2017

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Meet Lori Nicholson. She served as the Senior Logistics Manager for Carrier and Contract Services at UPDS. We’re excited for the opportunity to feature Lori, since she recently retired! So perhaps we should say this is a day in her former life…

Lori was the leader of the Carrier Services team, which supports off-rail logistics by providing motor carrier and contract services at a competitive price.

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UPDS employees and railport operators enjoy time together at the UPDS Railport Operators Conference.

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UPDS employees and railport operators enjoy time together at the UPDS Railport Operators Conference.

Conference Recap: Railport Operators Conference

Released September 13, 2017

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At UPDS, transloaders aren’t vendors — they are critical partners in our network. That’s especially true for those who operate our railport facilities. In honor of these hardworking partners, we recently held a conference specifically for railport operators so we could spend some quality time together and ultimately better serve our customers.

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IntegriTies are made of 100% recycled plastic and can last up to four times longer than wooden ties.

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IntegriTies are made of 100% recycled plastic and can last up to four times longer than wooden ties.

Extending Market Reach With Rail: Shipping Composite Railroad Ties

Released September 6, 2017

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What do hard plastics have to do with railroading? In some places, they are the foundation of the railroad — literally.

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Hurricane Harvey Service Solutions

Released August 31, 2017

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To Our Customers,

The rain and subsequent flooding in southeast Texas and Louisiana caused by Hurricane Harvey left massive devastation in its wake. We know many of you have been affected personally, as have several of our own employees. We wanted to personally reach out to let you know that we will stand beside you through the recovery efforts that will be taking place over the next several weeks, months and beyond. While we all recover from this unprecedented weather event, we are working with several transload facilities within 250 miles of the Houston area where we can support your supply chain until your locations are once again able to handle rail traffic.

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The UPDS Intermodal team takes a break from test drives to pose for the camera at the FCA Affiliate Rewards Road Tour.

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The UPDS Intermodal team takes a break from test drives to pose for the camera at the FCA Affiliate Rewards Road Tour.

Event Recap: The FCA Affiliate Rewards Road Tour

Released August 30, 2017

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Confession time: At UPDS, we get a little nerdy about cars. That’s because our Intermodal team helps ship the parts that eventually become finished vehicles.

So we were pretty excited when the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Affiliate Rewards Road Tour rolled into town.

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A Day in the Life of a Business Development Manager

Released August 23, 2017

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Meet Israel Briseno. He’s a Business Development Manager for the UPDS Carload Solutions team responsible for developing Mexico markets.

What does that mean? Read on to find out:

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UPDS Named Top 100 3PL Provider by Inbound Logistics

Released August 16, 2017

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After hundreds of companies submitted credentials, we’re proud to say UPDS has been named one of the Top 100 Third-Party Logistics Providers of 2017 by Inbound Logistics magazine.

This annual list, compiled by Inbound Logistics editors, celebrates logistics service providers that offer the capabilities and experience needed to meet readers' unique supply chain and logistics needs.

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Recycled paper is baled and ready to be shipped from First Star Recycling.

Customer Spotlight: First Star Recycling

Released August 9, 2017

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When you think about recycling, you probably imagine used paper being made back into paper and empty aluminum cans being reused to make, well, more cans. But some pretty interesting materials can be produced from recycled materials.

Just ask Omaha-based UPDS customer First Star Recycling. They collect recycled materials from residences and businesses (including UPDS and our parent company Union Pacific), sort and process them, then ship them off to customers who give them new life. Yes, paper may become paper and aluminum may be reincarnated into another can, but that plastic park bench you sat on the other day? Or your carpet — or even the clothes you’re wearing? First Star customers use recycled materials to make all of those things, too.

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Connecting Construction Sites to Rail

Released August 2, 2017

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Have you ever stopped to think about how many materials are delivered to a construction site? Contractors know that in order to get the job done, a very long list of supplies must arrive on time and in the right order. That means the transportation of those materials is critical to the success of the job. But did you know transportation can also help contractors win jobs in the first place?

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Conference Recap: The Soda Ash Open

Released July 26, 2017

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For 44 years, the soda ash industry has invited key suppliers, including shipping and logistics companies like UPDS, to join the Soda Ash Open Golf Tournament. This year, UPDS sales team members Krystal Newell and Keith Lee were in attendance and enjoyed time on the greens as well as the Shipper’s Appreciation Steak Fry.

But the trip was about more than recreation; Krystal and Keith also took the time to learn more about how we can provide the best transportation solutions for soda ash producers.

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Thwarting Theft and Damage: Shipping Tequila Safely

Released July 19, 2017

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Tequila can be a tricky product to ship. For one, the containers are glass, so they break easily. Tequila is also a high-value product, making it an attractive target for theft.

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The Benefits of Rail Meet Just-In-Time Delivery

Released July 12, 2017

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Recently, Kenny Rocker, vice president and general manager of industrial products for our parent company, Union Pacific, published an article in Building Products Digest about “Last Mile Delivery & the Evolving Rail Transportation Marketplace." Rocker explains that by providing transloading and forward-staging options, lumber and building supply shippers get the benefits of rail while maintaining the just-in-time delivery their customers require.

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San Jose Distribution Services, Inc. has been providing warehousing and transportation solutions in Northern California for more than 50 years.

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San Jose Distribution Services, Inc. has been providing warehousing and transportation solutions in Northern California for more than 50 years.

Supplier Spotlight: San Jose Distribution Services, Inc.

Released June 28, 2017

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California-based warehousing and transloading provider San Jose Distribution Services, Inc. (SJDS) has a reputation for its rail knowledge and focus on safety — so you could say we have a couple things in common. That makes them a perfect fit for the UPDS transloading network.

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UPDS Logistics Service Representative Alexandra Tomo provides customers with up-to-date, accurate and timely information about their shipments.

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UPDS Logistics Service Representative Alexandra Tomo provides customers with up-to-date, accurate and timely information about their shipments.

A Day in the Life of a Logistics Service Representative

Released June 21, 2017

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Meet Alexandra Tomo. She’s a Logistics Service Representative who provides logistics support for customers and operators for our railports, which provide transloading services and are all served directly by our parent company, Union Pacific Railroad.

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Using a “candy cane

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Using a “candy cane" device, Truck-Rail Handling transloads recycled oil from a truck to a tank car.

Greasing the Wheels for a Successful Bid

Released June 14, 2017

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If there were an award for persistence, Fremont, California-based transloader Truck-Rail Handling would win it. For the last year, the company has bid on UPDS transloading jobs, but we simply haven’t been able to find the right fit. Recently, the right opportunity arose — and their persistence paid off.

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Alejandro Medina and Jose Guzman present Alfredo Garza (right) the Service Excellence Award.

Conference Recap: The 2017 Mexico Carrier Conference

Released June 7, 2017

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At UPDS, we don’t see our relationships with suppliers as merely transactional. Rather, we see suppliers as a critical part of our network with whom we work to find new business opportunities and develop the best solutions for our customers.

In the spirit of working collaboratively, the UPDS intermodal team recently hosted 10 Mexico-based intermodal dray carriers at our 2017 Mexico Carrier Conference in Monterrey, Mexico. Over the course of two days, more than 60 people, including our key railroad providers, gathered to network and create stronger bonds that will benefit our respective businesses, our customers and the automotive industry.

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UPDS helped a waste removal company win bids to haul debris from demolition sites.

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By finding a more economical transportation solution, UPDS helped a waste removal company win bids to haul debris from demolition sites.

Turning Trash Into Treasure: Helping Waste Haulers Win More Bids

Released May 31, 2017

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When a building is torn down, have you ever paid attention to what they do with the rubble? Most people don’t. But there it sits: tons upon tons of crushed rock, cement and brick as well as dirt and other debris. Before the site can welcome its new purpose, it all must be removed.

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Service Spotlight: Logistics

Released May 24, 2017

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Supply chains are incredibly important to our customers’ success — but when things go wrong, they can also be costly. Supply chain glitches can negatively affect sales, customer satisfaction, and transportation costs, each of which can do damage to your bottom line.

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ADS Bay

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Indoor heat- and humidity-controlled storage at one of six ADS facilities.

Supplier Spotlight: ADS Logistics Co, LLC

Released May 17, 2017

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When it comes to transloading, ADS Logistics Co, LLC is a jack of all trades: They transload sheet metal in coil form, metal sheets/blanks and bars, ingots, paper rolls, lumber, drywall, pipe, conduit, machinery, plate, slabs, billets, I-Beams, composite railroad ties, and numerous other non-hazardous cargo from boxcars, coil cars, gondolas, flat and center beam cars. For the last four years, they’ve been helping UPDS customers get access to rail through safe and efficient transloading services.

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Malt is transferred to from a rail car to a truck

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Malt is transferred to from a rail car to a truck at the UPDS Valla Railport in Santa Fe Springs, California.

Realizing Railport Potential: Moving Malt to Key Markets

Released May 10, 2017

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You might have noticed microbreweries have grown in popularity over the last few years. As the craft beer market has boomed, we’d like to say we played a small part in it.

But what does beer have to do with UPDS? While we can’t take credit for the final product, we can take credit for delivering some of its ingredients, like malt. Recently, we’ve helped malt shippers get access to affordable product storage and rail shipping — and that means key markets are getting the ingredients they need to make those delicious brews.

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Josh Hick receives the Quarterback of the Year Summit Award.

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UPDS business manager Josh Hick receives the Quarterback of the Year Summit Award.

UPDS and Fellow Union Pacific Subsidiaries Unite to Celebrate Excellence

Released May 3, 2017

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At UPDS, we thrive on finding innovative transportation solutions for our customers, so it’s only fitting that we make a point to celebrate the hard work and ingenuity of the teams who make those solutions happen. We do so at our annual Summit Awards ceremony, which celebrates the previous year’s achievements.

This year’s celebration, held on April 27, was a little different, though. Instead of celebrating on our own, we teamed up with fellow subsidiaries Streamline, which specializes in door-to-door intermodal services, and ShipCarsNow, which provides multi-modal auto transport.

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Market Spotlight: Auto Parts

Released April 27, 2017

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Did you know UPDS is the largest auto parts shipper in North America? Every year, our intermodal team delivers 200,000 on-time shipments. With more than 30 years of experience meeting the Just-In-Time demands of the automotive industry, we’re the market leader in intermodal auto parts delivery. Simply put: meeting delivery windows is our specialty.

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Celebrating Transloading in KC: The TDANA Conference

Released April 26, 2017

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It’s no secret we’re big fans of transloading here at UPDS. So it’s also no surprise we’re excited to head to Kansas City for the annual Transload Distribution Association of North America (TDANA) Transloading Conference May 2-4.

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The Dassler Domestic Intermodal leadership team receives the UPDS Service Excellence Award.

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The Dassler Domestic Intermodal leadership team receives the UPDS Service Excellence Award.

Supplier Spotlight: Dassler Domestic Logistics

Released April 19, 2017

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'Small but mighty' is a fitting description for Dassler Domestic Logistics, an intermodal trucking company and valued UPDS supplier based in Louisville, Kentucky. Dassler’s fleet is comprised of just over 100 power units, but it’s their size that allows every person on their team to provide strong service and a personalized commitment to their customers.

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 A sample scorecard

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A sample scorecard shows a weekly outlook on how many rail cars are arriving, leaving, and sitting in the serving yard.

Slashing Demurrage Costs: Leveraging Logistics to Optimize the Supply Chain

Released April 12, 2017

Solutions In Action

Shipping can be a complicated matter. Although most people think it’s a “Point A to Point B" operation, when a company is receiving raw materials to create a product, shipments come from multiple origins — so it’s more of a “Point A, B, C, D, E to Point F" scenario. When these shipments all arrive at the same time, things can get complicated…and costly.

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 Barite is transferred pneumatically from a storage pig at the Denver Railport.

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Barite is transferred pneumatically from a storage pig at the Denver Railport.

Reducing Transit Time: Bringing Barite to Denver

Released April 5, 2017

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Recently, barite became the latest product on the UPDS shipping roster. What is barite, you might ask? Barite is a mineral used as a weighting agent in drilling muds (also called “drilling fluids"), which are used to ensure safe and effective drilling of oil and natural gas wells.

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UPDS Ships Sand for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping & Dressage Finals

Released March 29, 2017

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Equestrian events and transloading — it’s not a common pairing, but for the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping & Dressage Finals, an annual indoor equestrian world championship, it was a recipe for success.

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Delivery Despite the Weather: Restocking Lumber Shelves in Texas

Released March 22, 2017

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2017 has been a tumultuous weather year — and that weather has taken a toll on supply chains. But at UPDS, we love nothing more than stepping in and saving the day. We’re all about finding a solution when it seems like you’re out of options.

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Market Spotlight: Wind Turbines

Released March 15, 2017

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Wind turbine components are large and abnormally shaped, so they can be difficult to ship. But that hasn’t stopped us from giving wind shippers access to rail.

For years, UPDS has teamed up with Union Pacific Railroad to offer the Wind 2 Rail program, a seamless solution for transporting wind components and reaping the benefits of rail.

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Conference Recap: SWARS

Released March 08, 2017

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On March 1-2, the UPDS team traveled to Galveston, Texas to attend the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers (SWARS) Annual Meeting. This year’s theme was “Poised for Progress," and many of the speakers addressed what’s ahead for rail shippers.

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We’re Heading to "The Big Easy" for LMC!

Released March 01, 2017

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We’re excited to be in New Orleans from March 8-10 attending the 2017 Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation (LMC) Annual Meeting.

Find us at the Thursday night party at the Grand Oaks Mansion — we’d love to chat over beignets and hurricanes. Or, visit us in the exhibit hall at the Union Pacific booth, #1941.

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Market Spotlight: Biodiesel

Released February 22, 2017

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Biodiesel ships to destinations throughout North America. In fact, you’ve probably seen the tank trucks traversing the interstates. But trucks aren’t the only way to move biodiesel — rail is a viable option, too. Through transloading, biodiesel moves seamlessly between trucks and trains, so it can ship by affordable rail for the long haul, then truck for final delivery.

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Transloaders: We’re Expanding the UPDS Produce Network

Released February 14, 2017

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Transloaders are a key component of the UPDS shipping network. They are responsible for moving products from trucks to trains and back again, and they help us deliver the excellent service on which our customers rely. Our suppliers are truly the service behind our solutions.

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Increasing Capacity and Reducing Costs: Moving Batteries Across the Border

Released February 1, 2017

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When an international shipper faced escalating costs and limited truck capacity, UPDS developed a cross-border solution to resolve these challenges.

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