Wyoming Congressional Delegation Staff Tour Progress Rail Services in Bill, Wyoming
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
by: By Lindsey Collins

Section: 2016 NRC Grassroots Events

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Bill, Wyo. – On September 7, staff of U.S. Senators Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and staff of U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) joined National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) member – Progress Rail Services (PRS) – for a tour of their freight car repair facility in Bill, Wyo.
Attendees included:
Ms. Karen McCreery, State Director, Senator Michael Enzi
Mr. Travis McNiven, Advisor, Senator John Barrasso
Ms. Jackie King, Field Representative, Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis
Ms. Lindsey Collins, VP of Grassroots Advocacy at NRC
Mr. Kevin Ogle, Director of Freight Car Repair, PRS
Mr. Dwight Porter, PRB/National Sales Manager, PRS
Mr. Sam Pauli, General Manager Freight Car Repair, WY.  PRS
Ms. Marise Rene Stewart, Director of Government and Industry Relations, PRS
Mr. Ogle gave an overview of PRS and their current operations. Progress Rail Services Corporation, a Caterpillar company, is one of the largest integrated and diversified suppliers of railroad and transit system products and services worldwide. PRS is the world’s largest builder of diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications including freight, intercity passenger and commuter rail, switching, industrial, and mining applications.
Mr. Pauli led a tour of the facility, which was originally built in 1977 and purchased by Progress Rail in Nov, of 1998 from Trinity/ Transico Rail.  The facility was strategically located along the Wyoming coal corridor to service and maintain coal cars coming in and out of the mines.  PRS. employs  20 Associates on their Bill team.
Senator Enzi was sworn in as Wyoming’s 20th United States Senator on January 7, 1997. He is the Chairman of the Budget Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee, Health Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and the Small Business Committees.
Senator Barrasso was elected to the U.S. Senator in 2008. He is the fourth-ranking member in the Senator Republican leadership as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. He serves on the Energy and Natural Resources, Environment and Public Works, and Foreign Relations Committees. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Congresswoman Lummis was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. She serves on the House Natural Resources, and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. 
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