Rail an attractive option for Treasure Valley shippers

08/22/2011 04:24:00 PM
Andy Nelson

But Champion is still happy to have Railex as an option.

“It’s definitely a nice avenue to have in November and December when there are truck shortages,” Wong said.

Some Treasure Valley grower-shippers, however, are less optimistic on rail.

Grant Kitamura, president of Ontario-based Murakami Produce Co., said rail shipments tend to end at terminal markets. Murakami, however, likes to ship straight to its end users.

“We ship a few by rail, but the vast majority are by truck,” he said.

“It’s the makeup of our customer base.”

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