U.S. Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN-02), joined representatives from UNITRAC Railroad Materials, the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC), the Gulf & Ohio Railway and Nisus Corp. for a tour of UNITRAC's manufacturing facility in Knoxville, Tenn., on March 17.
The NRC-organized event began with a safety briefing; followed by a tour of UNITRAC’s facility, which manufactures track components and facilitates the distribution of new rail, relay rail and rail accessories. UNITRAC will celebrate its 25th anniversary this summer and representatives discussed the company’s tremendous growth during the past decade, its creation of jobs and how the company is positively impacting the local economy in Knoxville, as well as providing crucial materials for the national rail network.
Rep. Duncan, who is a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and chairman of the Panel on Public-Private Partnerships, praised the fourth-generation family ownership stating, “I have toured every kind of business [that] you can think of in this area, and that’s a wide variety, and I can tell you I don’t believe I can find another business that has grown eight hundred percent in the last thirty years.
“I think most people in the railroad industry don’t toot their horn nearly enough,” said Rep. Duncan. “The economy is better, our environment is better when we are doing as much as we can with the railroad industry. I am pleased to learn more about UNITRAC Railroad Materials’ growth and expansion happening right here in Knoxville. They are producing essential components for rail infrastructure which is vital to the movement of goods and people.”