CSX’s transload terminals for new automobiles are the best in the rail industry — coming and going.
Terminals operated by Total Distribution Services Inc. (TDSI), a CSX subsidiary, received the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Terminal of the Year Award in both the origin and destination categories.
- TDSI Strawberry Yard in Louisville, Ky., earned the Origin Terminal of the Year award with a 99.69% audit score.
- TDSI Palm Center in Jupiter, Fla., won the Destination Terminal of the Year award with a 99.98% audit score.
“This is an outstanding accomplishment that reflects on the standard of excellence demonstrated by our teams across the TDSI network,” said Maryclare Kenney, vice president of Automotive and Intermodal. “We’re proud to be able to serve our customers at such a high level during what has been a particularly challenging time for the auto industry.”
The award winners are chosen based on the results of audits at about 180 automotive origin and destination terminals across the country. Origin terminals load new vehicles onto rail cars as they leave manufacturing plants, and destination terminals unload vehicles bound for local dealerships. The quality review audits cover hundreds of items related to the policy, procedures and conditions at the facilities, with emphasis on safe operations and damage prevention.
“The unannounced audits take about half a day to complete, but our terminals have to be committed to quality every single day throughout the year to maintain the high standards reflected by the audit results,” said Bryce Thomas, general manager of TDSI.
Kenney and Thomas both credited the leadership of TDSI regional operations managers Jim Hull and Mike Herman for the Strawberry Yard and West Palm facilities’ performance. Strawberry Yard loads Ford and Toyota vehicles manufactured in the region, and the West Palm auto ramp offloads Honda, General Motors, Chrysler and Nissan vehicles.
The AAR will present the origin and destination terminal of the year awards at a ceremony in early June.