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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Partnership Reaches New Heights

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) is one of the largest customers at AmeriGas, with approximately 4,000 unique locations to be serviced with over 7,000,000 gallons. The railway uses propane to power their switch heaters, generators, microwave towers, and rail gang teams. Stopping a train is estimated to cost over $5,000 per minute, which means running out of propane is simply not an option.

This past year the AmeriGas team assigned to this account, largely residing in the Midwest region, did a simply outstanding job servicing all of the locations.  “The relationships between our districts and the local BNSF teams is really the key to our success,” commented Colleen Kaledas, Midwest General Manager, and “our Houston Supply group kept these servicing locations in product even during very severe weather conditions.”

Moving forward, our proven track record of success is allowing us to talk with BNSF about more ways we can build our partnership.  Projects upcoming include implementing EDI billing, Auto Gas, additional tank monitoring systems, and other joint metrics to optimize productivity, growth and safety.

The AmeriGas team met with BNSF for 2 days in Texas to review all aspects and functions of our businesses, to begin planning for the upcoming winter and these future projects.  We are growing our base business this “off season” by setting another 100+ tanks!

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