Arant Named NCRR VP Engineering

The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) has appointed Donald Arant, P.E., vice president engineering, succeeding James K. “Jim” Kessler, P.E., who is retiring. 

Arant, a licensed professional engineer, is experienced in rail transportation, civil and municipal engineering, and major rail infrastructure project management. He joined NCRR in 2015 as the first full time staff engineer and had previously worked at STV. Arant is a graduate of NC State University. 

“The vice president of engineering plans and executes an infrastructure investment strategy that ensures the 317-mile corridor is prepared to meet the needs of both current and future freight and passenger service,” stated Scott Saylor, NCRR president. “Donald brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as a genuine love of railroad engineering, to an extremely important role at the Company.”

“NCRR is an historic company that plays an important role in our state’s freight rail network,” remarked Arant. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with our freight and passenger rail partners, as well as working closely with our economic development and real estate teams to ensure that the 317-mile railroad continues to meet the infrastructure needs required of current and future rail service.”