We at Kelly-Hill have been blessed to have a great year so far, and as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, we would like to take a moment to reflect on some of our highlights from 2015.
Safety is a major focus for our company and we were honored with two industry safety awards this year. We received the Platinum Level 2014 Contractor Safety from the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Assoc., as well as First Place in the Subcontractor Division from the Builder’s Association as part of their Safety Excellence Program. Our employees play a huge part in our winning these awards, and we are thankful to have such a great team!
On the construction side of things, we completed Kansas City Southern’s latest intermodal facility this July in Wylie, Texas. For this project, 13,000 track feet were constructed across strip tracks, as well as leads and mechanical track. We beat all three of our schedule milestones with at least two days, keeping us ahead of the schedule.
Lastly, we presented at and sponsored this year’s Outback Railroad Assoc. Annual Safety and Training Conference, held in Deadwood, SC. October 13-15th. Our General Superintendent for New Construction, presented on construction work procedure, highlighting specifics of tools and equipment, as well as worker safety in different weather and environmental conditions.
We would like to thank all of our employees who have helped make this a great year so far, and wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
The Outback Railroad Association Annual Safety and Training Conference will be held October 13-15 in Deadwood, SD and Kelly-Hill Company is proud to participate as a presenter and sponsor of the conference. The General Superintendent for New Construction at Kelly-Hill Company, will be discussing construction work procedures. In addition to highlighting specifics of tools and railroad equipment, Alan will also discuss weather and environmental conditions and how to take proper precautions to keep workers safe and protected.
Learn more about Continuous Welded Rail (CWR) with this infographic below.
Kelly-Hill Company recently completed construction at Kansas City Southern’s new intermodal facility at Wylie, Texas. The construction on this project included more than 13,000 track feet across strip tracks, leads and mechanical track, as well as three new turnouts. With a tight project schedule, we beat each of the three schedule milestones by at least two days with each milestone.
This new facility replaces KCS’ current facility in Dallas. The new Wylie facility will have an annual lift capacity of more than 300,000 units, in addition to an automated gate system and mechanical tracks.
We are proud to be a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Race 4 Domestic Violence Prevention 5K, held in Kansas City, KS on May 2. This non-profit is a resource for local community outreach, awareness and education on domestic violence prevention. There are many great organizations around the community that help interact with domestic violence victims and their families directly. Race 4 Domestic Violence Prevention helps support these organizations with education and funding. This is why we’re a sponsor of this fundraising 5K.
Community involvement is important to Kelly-Hill Company. We feel it’s vital to give back and be a good steward to our Kansas City community. If you’re in the area, please join us and sign up for the 5K at Wyandotte County Park in Kansas City, KS.
This month, the Kansas City Industrial Council (KCIC) awarded the KCT Railway team a Brick-by-Brick award at their annual reception, this year held at Boulevard Brewery. The awards recognize contributions to improving the economy in Kansas City’s industrial areas using the following considerations: capital improvement, job creation, improved infrastructure, or relocation or expansion. The improved infrastructure project, known as “Incline,” was completed on KCT Railway property in partnership with the City of Kansas City, MO. The team included us, retaining wall contractor Clarkson Construction, and designer TranSystems. The Incline project replaced a failing retaining wall, improved drainage to alleviate flooding in the West Bottoms and relocated 3,000 track feet on two adjacent freight rail main lines. Congrats to the team!
Kelly-Hill Company just completed the balance of the track construction for a UPRR transload facility in Odessa, Texas. We have been working on this project over the past nine months. The final project encompassed more than 30,000 track feet of new construction on both wood and steel ties, along with the construction and installation of 12 various sized turnouts. We recorded a perfect safety record on this project and completed all the milestones ahead of expectations. Alberto Soto was our primary foreman on the project, leading the Kelly-Hill gangs and ensuring the project was executed in a timely, efficient and safe manner.
These types of projects are in our “sweet spot.” We really enjoy working in various parts of the Midwest and Southwest on similar projects.
Here are a few pictures from the project:
This month, we were honored with our second safety award in 2015. We pride ourselves on our commitment to safety and these awards are a testament to that. In January, we received the Platinum Level 2014 Contractor Safety Award by the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association. This month, we were awarded this year’s First Place in the Subcontractor Division award by the Builder’s Association Safety Excellence Program.
Safety is extremely important to us. We do many things to ensure we’re implementing tried and true safety practices, as well as updates to those practices. There are dedicated training sessions, daily safety meetings, tool box talks; this has fostered long-term pride our employees take in embracing safe practices in everything we do. We’re excited to be recognized as an organization for our safety practices, which is only possible with our employees’ commitment to safety.
Kelly-Hill Company, a private railroad contractor is pleased to announce the addition of Louis Fleischer as Project Manager and Estimator. Louis brings more than 20 years of experience. In his new role, Louis will be responsible for the overall success of our projects and will physically be inspecting work in the field. He will also be responsible for evaluating project constructability and potential value engineering savings for clients.
Prior to joining Kelly-Hill Company, Louis has spent the majority of his career managing and operating his landscape construction organization. His projects varied from large construction install to high end residential design-build projects. He also spent time as the Director of Operations with True North managing their winter maintenance operations within a seven state footprint. “I’m looking forward to bringing my knowledge and a unique perspective of project management and operational execution to the team at Kelly-Hill Company,” said Louis.
Louis studied Agricultural Business at Kansas State University.
Last week, we attended the railway engineering industry’s largest conference: AREMA. Kelly-Hill Company supported this conference as a silver sponsor. It was great to see the industry’s leaders and up-and-coming engineers all in one place to discuss current topics, learn what’s new, and where the industry is headed. Next year AREMA will partner with other railway organizations to co-host the Railway Interchange conference in Minneapolis in 2015. We look forward to seeing everyone there again next year. If we missed you at this year’s conference, email firstname.lastname@example.org.