Last week, KCS leadership from north and south of the U.S.-Mexico border were in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to conduct a town hall meeting with KCS de Mexico employees.
KCS President and CEO Dave Starling gave an overview of the recent earnings report for fourth quarter and year-end 2011 and also touched on his expectations for the year ahead as it pertains to volume and revenue growth, pricing, capital expenditures and continued operating ratio improvement.
KCS Executive Vice President Operations Dave Ebbrecht discussed the company’s operations initiatives and performance. First and foremost, he addressed KCS’ excellent safety results and expectations for continued safety success in both the U.S. and Mexico. At the core of his message were KCS’ plans to keep capacity ahead of volume growth, including investments in Shreveport Terminal, the cross border corridor and Mexico intermodal lanes, as well as through productivity gains and headcount controls.
KCS de Mexico Senior Vice President Oscar Del Cueto offered perspective on 2012 capital investments specific to Mexico, including track conservation and capacity, mechanical, IT and other projects. Infrastructure improvements will focus on areas on the lines from Monterrey to Golondrinas, Pinto to San Luis Potosi, Buchanan Lopez to Ahorcado, Tula to Queretaro and Corondiro to Lazaro Cardenas.
While in Mexico, the leadership team also toured recently completed capital expansion projects at the intermodal terminal at Salinas Victoria and Lazaro Cardenas.