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|BNSF Chief Praises Galesburg
|The head of Knox County's largest employer says the company values Galesburg and the work that's been put in here.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe President and COO Carl Ice spoke Tuesday night at the return of what once was an annual gathering -- Farm City Day -- put on by the Knox County Farm Bureau and the Galesburg-area Chamber of Commerce.
Ice says he's gotten the message loud and clear that Galesburg is high on the railroad, and Ice says he's high on the Galesburg operations in return, and its place in the Galesburg community.
"I think Galesburg is just a fine example of that," Ice said. "And to emphasize that, we also have what we called values, how we do things. One of those is 'proud of heritage, confident of our future.' And if that doesn't work perfectly down here, 'proud past, proud future,' I don't know what does."
"So we're really glad to see this in place, and it just matches perfectly with how we think about things, it gives a demonstration of how our relationship with Galesburg works."
Ice says he expects economic growth for the railroad to be about the same as the economy this year, putting the railroad at about 75-percent of operations in what was believed to be the busiest week ever for the railroad in 2006.
The railroad expects to spend nearly $4 billion this year on capital improvements -- the most its spent ever, and by percentage, far out-pacing most corporations.
(Burlington Northern Santa Fe President/COO Carl Ice speaks with attendees of the Farm City Day Dinner Tuesday at Knox College.)
(Ice speaks during the Farm City Day dinner Tuesday. WGIL News Story and photos by Will Stevenson.)
|03 28 12 by Newsroom
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