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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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Construction Site

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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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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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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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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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 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

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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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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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