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June 25, 1992 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most of the nation's businesses emerged unscathed from the first day of the nationwide railroad strike Wednesday, but companies warned of serious factory closures, shortages and financial losses if the railways remain closed. "If it goes more than a week, we might begin to experience shortages," said Dick Lovell, a spokesman for the Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek, Mich. However, for now at least, the cereal maker is well stocked with grain at its plants.
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BUSINESS
July 30, 1997
Rail cargo traffic in the Golden State has grown dramatically since 1991 as the boom in international trade and the growth of the California market have spurred demand for cargo transportation. The railroad industry nationwide is in a rebirth mode. New technology, regulatory reform and more aggressive management have driven industry growth while trimming the number of rail workers.
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BUSINESS
April 17, 1991 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California companies heavily dependent on railroads to deliver raw materials and finished products are greeting the potential problems from a rail strike with trepidation and some contingency plans. At Farmer John Products in Los Angeles, where 6,000 live hogs are delivered by rail each day for slaughter and processing, company representatives got on the telephone Monday morning to change their transportation plans.
BUSINESS
June 25, 1992 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most of the nation's businesses emerged unscathed from the first day of the nationwide railroad strike Wednesday, but companies warned of serious factory closures, shortages and financial losses if the railways remain closed. "If it goes more than a week, we might begin to experience shortages," said Dick Lovell, a spokesman for the Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek, Mich. However, for now at least, the cereal maker is well stocked with grain at its plants.
NEWS
February 13, 1987
Officials from five Central Valley counties have agreed to a joint effort to push for better Amtrak passenger rail service. "The trains are on the wrong track going to the wrong place at the wrong time," complained Joe Francis of the Fresno County Rail Committee during a meeting of county representatives in Fresno. The counties agreed to form a task force made up of two members from each county plus representatives of the state and the railroad.
BUSINESS
July 30, 1997
Rail cargo traffic in the Golden State has grown dramatically since 1991 as the boom in international trade and the growth of the California market have spurred demand for cargo transportation. The railroad industry nationwide is in a rebirth mode. New technology, regulatory reform and more aggressive management have driven industry growth while trimming the number of rail workers.
NEWS
August 8, 1991 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of July's back-to-back toxic rail spills, the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday issued rules requiring railroads to make immediate reports to local emergency response teams of potentially dangerous spills and to have plans for dealing with such emergencies. The action culminated three years of efforts by regulatory, rail, labor and emergency response officials to develop tougher standards for transporting hazardous materials by rail through California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Scrutiny of the railroad industry in California intensified Monday with the launch of a new state committee to investigate the safety of grade crossings and passenger trains, including the deadly Jan. 26 Metrolink crash in Glendale. "The tragic train derailment in Glendale was one of the worst accidents this country has seen in recent years," said Assemblyman Dario J. Frommer (D-Glendale), the committee chairman.
NEWS
August 8, 1991 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of July's back-to-back toxic rail spills, the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday issued rules requiring railroads to make immediate reports to local emergency response teams of potentially dangerous spills and to have plans for dealing with such emergencies. The action culminated three years of efforts by regulatory, rail, labor and emergency response officials to develop tougher standards for transporting hazardous materials by rail through California.
BUSINESS
April 17, 1991 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California companies heavily dependent on railroads to deliver raw materials and finished products are greeting the potential problems from a rail strike with trepidation and some contingency plans. At Farmer John Products in Los Angeles, where 6,000 live hogs are delivered by rail each day for slaughter and processing, company representatives got on the telephone Monday morning to change their transportation plans.
NEWS
February 13, 1987
Officials from five Central Valley counties have agreed to a joint effort to push for better Amtrak passenger rail service. "The trains are on the wrong track going to the wrong place at the wrong time," complained Joe Francis of the Fresno County Rail Committee during a meeting of county representatives in Fresno. The counties agreed to form a task force made up of two members from each county plus representatives of the state and the railroad.
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