3PL Names Union Pacific Intermodal Rail Carrier of the Year

C.H. Robinson, a leading third-party logistics firm, has picked Union Pacific Railroad as its 2009 Intermodal Rail Carrier of the Year. It marks the first time that Union Pacific has won the award, which is voted on by C.H. Robinson's intermodal leadership team.

"C.H. Robinson is proud to honor Union Pacific with our 2009 Intermodal Rail Carrier of the Year award," said Steve Weiby, C.H. Robinson vice president. "Union Pacific was a progressive and strategic supplier in a very challenging year. Its commitment to C.H. Robinson, overall service, and value are just a few of the reasons Union Pacific was chosen. We look forward to strengthening our relationship further in 2010."

2009 was a record year for intermodal at UP as it moved 1.25 million domestic intermodal shipments.  Prior to 2009, Union Pacific's highest domestic intermodal volume was 1.19 million shipments in 2007. Railroad officials credit the introduction of new truck-competitive service products with allowing the railroad to capture freight that previously moved over the highway, as well as earn additional business from existing large intermodal customers.