HERZOG NEWS A Newsletter for Herzog Companies
NOVEMBER 2011 www.herzog.com Safety First
TAS I Aw a rd e d C a l t ra i n C o n t ra c t
TransitAmerica Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Caltrain, however, publicly boasted about its Caltrain runs through San Francisco, San
Herzog Transit Services, Inc., was awarded choice. Mateo and Santa Clara counties and services
the five-year contract to operate and maintain 34 rail stations.
Caltrain, a 147-year-old commuter rail system “It’s not like we’re walking away from a
in California. There were three other leading chunk of money; we had to look at the Caltrain is a descendant of the San Francisco
transit service providers competing for the whole picture,” said Caltrain spokesman Peninsula’s oldest intercity passenger rail
job. The contract includes managing the Mark Simon to the San Jose Mercury News. system, which began in 1863 as the San
daily staffing and operations that consist of TransitAmerica Services, Inc. “presented us Francisco and San Jose Railroad Co. The
86 weekday, 36 Saturday, 32 Sunday trains, with a plan that basically just blew our socks service provides a fast, convenient alternative
inspections, maintenance of track, rail vehicle off. We thought their proposal was really a to driving the heavily congested Bayshore
fleet, rights-of-way, structures, signals, creative and intelligent and thoughtful way to Freeway (Highway 101). As many as 20,
communication networks, stations and other go about it, within a budget that made sense 80 mph “baby bullet” trains run weekdays
facilities. to us.” between major stations taking less than an
hour between San Francisco and San Jose.
Here are the proposal scores and bids: Ray Lanman, TransitAmerica Services, Inc.’s
Vice President Corporate Development said, TransitAmerica Services, Inc. has five months
Score $ Amount
“The Caltrain project is the third largest to ramp up and ensure a seamless transition
TransitAmerica 68.4 $398.6 M contracted commuter rail service in the from Amtrak, the current operator, and
United States. Winning this highly sought is scheduled to take over revenue service
Amtrak/ 56 $421 M
Bombardier after contract puts Herzog Transit Services, on March 3, 2012. Headquarters for this
Veolia 48.6 $374.5 M
Inc./TransitAmerica Services, Inc. in the operation will be in San Jose, California.
forefront of the commuter rail industry.
Keolis 41.8 $416.4 M
This accomplishment was truly a team effort
involving the efforts by individuals from all
During the lengthy and highly competitive disciplines of TransitAmerica Services, Inc.
pursuit of this job, executives from They should be justly proud.”
TransitAmerica Services, Inc. and Herzog
Transit Services, Inc. impressed the Peninsula The corridor stretches 51.4 miles from San
Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB), the Francisco to San Jose, and about 30 miles
agency that runs the service, and convinced from San Jose to
them to choose a company with the second Gilroy.
lowest bid. This was widely noted by trade
publications and mainstream media
particularly since one competitor,
Veolia, bid $24 million less.
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The past few years for our national construction division have been tough due to the
HRSI Team Hits Five Year Mark
poor U.S. economy and aggressive competition. We recognize these hard times and
Herzog is actively looking at numerous opportunities throughout North America. Falls City, NE - On July 1st, Herzog Railroad Services Inc. Railcar Repair Facility in Falls City, NE celebrated working more than five
To help minimize staff reduction, we were able to transfer many team members years without any loss time accidents. Employees enjoyed a nice lunch and were recognized for their accomplishment. In attendance
from day shift: Jeremy Barber, Joe Benavidez, Jeffery Blazer, Brian Buckminster, Eric Carlson, Evan Chapman, Rodger Clark, Sam
to different areas of work within the Herzog companies. Keep in mind career
Cobb, Brad Cluck, Nick Cluck, Cody Guthals, John Hill, Eric Hopper Gary Johnson, Thomas Keller, Wade Klaus, Jason Kreifels, Justin
opportunities are posted on the website at www.herzog.com. If you know someone
Kreifels, Kevin Nowling, Rob O’Callaghan, Bill Phroper, Cliff Phroper, Jace Prater, Eugene Rosenberger, Crystal Scrivens, Nathan
internal or outside the company who would make a good fit for a position, please
Shields, Rana Snell, Gene Stoner, Nick Strecker, David Underwood, Jeff Verbick, and Geoff Zimmerman. In attendance from night
contact your immediate supervisor. shift: John Elms, Aaron Herrs, Marty Jahn, Rob McIlquham, Josh O’Grady, Cody Reed, Nate Scates, Randy Willey, Megan Fisher,
Patrick Swan, Derek Lambert, and Jordan Corzette. Way to go guys, keep up the good work!
Here is the good news: we were recently awarded a $36.5 million Metro Rail Tunnel
project in Toronto and a $32 million Positive Train Control contract in California.
We were also shortlisted for the Dallas Streetcar; the proposal is due in March. The
Atlanta Streetcar proposal will be submitted in mid November. In California, we are
waiting for results on the VTA Silicon Valley and the Sonoma-Marin SMART Train.
K i d s - C a rs a n d Sa fe t y
Letter In Texas we’re waiting for results on the DART Irving 3 project. These are all large
Washington, DC- The U.S. Department
of Transportation’s National Highway
lives and help keep our kids safe, but
parents and caregivers need to know
joint venture projects. We are also working on several large turnkey projects with
from the private clients throughout North America. Our Transit division is also preparing a
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
and popular animated series Chuggington
how to properly install and use them,”
said NHTSA Administrator David
large proposal for MTA in Maryland and was recently awarded the $398.6 million,
President 5-year operations and maintenance contract for Caltrain which will significantly
today announced a new partnership
to teach children how to be safe in and
Strickland. “That’s why, together with our
safety partners, we encourage parents
increase the size of Herzog Transit Services. Herzog Railroad Services is negotiating around cars. The nationwide traffic safety to choose the right seat for their child’s
several long-term contracts with Class I Railroads. For more information, please see campaign is geared specifically towards size and weight and to have it checked
page nine. children from the ages of 2 to 7 and at one of the thousands of free safety
includes a public service announcement seat inspection stations set up across
We are continuing with asphalt paving and stevedoring in Turks and Caicos. Our featuring characters from the show, a kid- the country for National Seat Check
international team has entered new markets building utility infrastructure and focused safety pledge and downloadable Saturday.”
asphalt paving in Jamaica and St. Lucia. The team is also in hot pursuit of railroad tips and activities for parents and caregivers
contracts in Brazil and the Middle East. to use with children. More than 30,000 child passenger safety
“Chuggington’s characters learn important technicians nationwide are participating
Moving forward, our goals are to maintain a backlog of profitable work, keep our “This exciting partnership with life lessons in every episode of the show in Child Passenger Safety Week from
workforce intact, and continue picking up contracts nationally and worldwide. We Chuggington will help us bring our traffic and often earn badges as rewards for September 18 to 24. The week-long effort,
safety message to young children and appropriate behavior,” said Dick Rothkopf, which culminates in National Seat Check
appreciate your continued hard work and are confident 2012 will bring success in
parents alike,” said U.S. Transportation chairman of Ludorum, the creators of the Saturday on September 24, includes both
meeting our goals.
Secretary Ray LaHood. “Educating children show. “The ‘Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe!’ English- and at many locations - Spanish-
at an early age about the importance of traffic safety pledge and badge is based on speaking technicians who are available to
I’d like to personally thank our long- wearing bicycle helmets, looking both ways this concept. We hope that children will be answer questions and help install child
time Safety Director, Mike Maguire, when crossing the street and buckling up excited to learn the rules of the road while safety seats. Parents should follow the
for his 25 years of service in helping leads to a lifetime of good traffic safety they interact with Chuggington’s characters federal government’s latest guidelines for
make Herzog a safe place to work. habits.” and earn their ‘official’ Chuggington Traffic selecting the appropriate type of child
Our current EMR (Experience Safety badges.” restraint for children through age 12 and
Modifier Rating) is .44, an impeccable Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the should always read the owner’s manual for
rating for our industry and manhours leading cause of death for children, with Today’s announcement at Harriet Tubman installation instructions for their child seat
1,314 fatalities and 179,000 injuries to Elementary School coincides with National and vehicle.
worked. After Mike’s retirement on
those 14 and younger in 2009. In 2007, an Child Passenger Safety Week and comes
November 4th, Ryan Van Meter will
estimated 262 fatalities and 115,000 injuries on the heels of a recent survey by Safe To access the Chuggington kids pledge and
assume the responsibilities for overall
to children 14 and younger occurred from Kids USA showing there’s still room for online tools, visit www.chuggington.com/
management of the safety department improvement for parents installing child
pedestrian incidents involving children safety.
as Director of Risk Management. playing in or around motor vehicles. The safety seats. Earlier this year, NHTSA
new partnership unveiled today combines released revised guidelines encouraging To learn more about child seat guidelines
NHTSA’s safety guidelines for pedestrians, parents to keep their children in rear-facing or to find a local fitting station, visit www.
school buses, bikes and car seat use with child seats as long as possible up to the nhtsa.gov.
Al Landes Chuggington’s characters to reach parents
height and weight specifications of the seat.
“We already know that child seats save
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Prostate Cancer: Early Detection Saves Lives
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and there’s no Some also assume that no symptoms mean no cancer. However,
better time to be aware of prostate cancer, the most commonly prostate cancer is often symptom-free, which is why it is
diagnosed cancer among men. One in six American men will important to get tested.
be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, according to
the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Though all men have some risk of getting prostate cancer, the
following things can increase your risk:
Los Angeles, CA- Herzog Transit Services Inc.’s crew for The Waterfront Red Car Line celebrated seven years injury free. A The PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test can help detect • Age: Though men over 40 all have risk, the older you get,
luncheon was held and each member was given an award and an iPod Nano for their dedication to hard work and staying prostate cancer in its early stages. Though it does not show the greater your risk.
safe. Pictured above left to right: Ruben A. Montenegro (HTSI), Pablo Torres (PHL), Paul Averill (BBRI), Luis Rodriguez whether or not you have prostate cancer, it shows abnormalities • Race: African-Americans are the most likely to develop this
(PHL), Jay Radinsky (HTSI), Lou Litten (HTSI), Norkely Zapata (HTSI), Gerald Kuc (HTSI), Davetta Woodrum (HTSI), that would prompt further testing, where cancer may be cancer, while Asian men have the lowest risk.
Robert J Bryant (HTSI), Blanca Delgado (HTSI). identified. • Family History: If your father or brother has prostate
cancer, you are twice as likely to develop it.
The survival rate when prostate cancer is detected early is nearly
100 percent, and the PSA test can help with early detection. The In addition to getting tested, research suggests that exercising,
American Urological Association recommends that men receive maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a low-fat diet rich in
a PSA test starting at age 40. fruits and vegetables can lower your risk. Talk to your doctor
today about getting tested for prostate cancer, and other ways
Some men assume that only older men get prostate cancer, but you can take charge of your health.
this is false. It is extremely uncommon for men under 40 to get
prostate cancer, but for ages 40-59, the risk jumps to 1 in 38 Source: PowerGroup Companies
Denver, CO- The Overhead Cantenary Systems Crew
won the Quality Award for this month. Pictured
left to right are: Ramon Rojo, Sergio Rodriguez, Bored With Your Workout? Applesauce Pancakes
Chad Schafer, Manuel Tapia, Jerry Sanchez, Tim
It happens to everyone: the same workout routine
Brinkerhoff, and Curtis Espinosa. Congratulations to Syd Alvani and Gary Dugas on completing the • 1¼ cups low-fat milk
every day gets boring, and then it becomes tougher
ISO 9001:2008 16-Hour Lead Auditor Training course. “By taking this • 2 large eggs
than ever to motivate yourself to work out at all.
American Society for Quality (ASQ) course, I trust one can be a more • ¼ cup vegetable oil
Here are some tips to break out of that rut:
effective team player. I extend my appreciations to coach Winnie Alfelor • 2 cups canned applesauce (1 lb., 2 oz.)
for his efforts in making stronger athletes for our Herzog team,” said Syd • 3 cups all-purpose flour
• Sign up for a fitness class or buy a new workout • 2 tbsp. baking powder
Alvani. Ben West received his certification as an Inspector in Sediment DVD – try something you’ve never done before.
and Erosion Control and Jack Webb received his FRA 214-Roadway • 1 tsp. salt
• If you only do cardio now, add a couple days of • ¼ cup sugar
Worker and Practical Track Measurement Techniques and Tools weight training each week.
Workshop certifications. • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
• Do an activity you wouldn’t consider “exercise,”
like dancing, playing outside with your kids or Combine milk, eggs, oil and applesauce. Mix on low speed for one minute
gardening. until blended. Sift in flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon. Mix
Irving, TX- DD Jones, left, was selected as a Patriotic
• Add intervals to your cardio. For instance, if on low until combined and then on medium for an additional minute.
Employer by the Department of Defense and the
you currently jog, alternate one minute of faster Scoop ¼ cup portions onto lightly oiled griddle heated to 375 degrees F.
National Guard Bureau for his continued support of
jogging with one minute of slow jogging or fast Cook until surface of pancake is covered with bubbles and bottom is lightly
our troops at home and abroad. Robby Walling, also browned (about two minutes). Turn and cook until lightly browned on
shown, submitted the winning nomination. other side, about one minute. Makes about 25 pancakes, with 121 calories
in each. Source: www.health.gov
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Manage Fatigue During Work Tips to stay energized and alert Herzog’s Biggest Losers
St. Joseph, MO- Herzog Contracting Corp. participated in a 10-week slimdown
Between hectic schedules, stress and Avoid sugar, which will make you • Avoid smoking, which lowers your
challenge, which ended the first week of October. Herzog had a total of 52
difficulty sleeping, many people find crash later. energy level.
participants. Together all 52 players lost a total of 266.4 pounds. That is an average of
themselves fatigued during the workday. • Get moving. A short walk can be very
5.1 pounds per person. Here are the results from Herzog:
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to energizing. Improve Your Sleep Habits
reduce your fatigue. • Have a mini-meditation session at Fatigue is generally caused by poor quality
Top Male Loser: Mike Maguire, 14.74% weight loss
your desk- it can help you calm down or inadequate sleep. Try these tips:
Top Female Loser: Vickey Petitt, 14.22% weight loss
Risks of Fatigue but also feel more alert.
Top Team: Small Fries (Betty Ray, Clinton Boldridge, and Rob McIlquham),
Symptoms of fatigue include moodiness, • Aim for seven to eight hours per
10.80% weight loss
drowsiness, loss of energy, and lack of Lifestyle Changes night, even if that means rearranging
motivation and concentration. These To fight fatigue long-term, incorporate your schedule.
are not ideal qualities to display at your these healthy changes into your life: • Create a good sleep environment
job. Not only does fatigue make you less
productive and less personable, it can also • Eat nutritiously. Healthy food and
(appropriate temperature, noise level
Stories from the Winners
Mike Maguire: “My inspiration was having a goal
cause a serious safety risk if you work in a portion sizes will help you stay • Try to go to bed and wake up the thrown out by Al’s challenge to drop the pounds. My Before After
hazardous position. energized. Don’t skip meals or same time each day, including advice to others starting their weight loss journey would
overeat, and always start your day weekends. be to get into an exercise routine and cut the carbs and
For a Quick Energy Boost with breakfast. • Limit caffeine, alcohol, big meals and
high sugar food out of your diet.”
Consider these suggestions for a quick
and easy boost when you’re feeling tired
• Limit your caffeine to one or two
drinks per day. Drink plenty of water
rigorous exercise close to bedtime.
Hugs, Kisses and High Fives!
Clinton Boldridge: “I know Betty Ray cut down on As of November 4th, Mike Maguire says goodbye. Not only
at work: to keep your body hydrated. Source: PowerGroup Companies
• Exercise regularly. This will increase her meal size and increased her activity level. As for will that be his birthday but that is also his last day at Herzog.
Did You Know...? me, I cut down on my serving sizes. I eliminated my
• Eat a snack that includes complex your energy levels and also help you Mike will be hitting the road for some travel and catching up on
Fatigue can be linked to an underlying medical Pepsi intake for the most part, as well as controlling my
carbohydrates and protein (like an sleep better at night. problem, psychological condition or sleep his “honey do” list at home. Mike said the only gifts he would
energy bar or half a peanut butter • Manage your stress, which will help cherry pie frenzy. Boy do I miss them!! I also increased accept were hugs and kisses from the ladies and high fives from
disorder. You may want to see your doctor to
sandwich on whole wheat bread). you sleep better and feel less drained. my exercise level. I started off taking Hydroxycut Pro the guys. We will miss you Mike!
check if that is the case for you, especially if the
above tips do not alleviate your fatigue.
for 30 days to get my appetite in check, as it seemed I
was constantly hungry. It helped curb my hunger until
my willpower was up to speed. Having Rob and Betty
Become your Own Manager around was also a huge help on those nights at work
when those cherry pies and Pepsi looked too good to Smith Continues His Wellness Journey
Learning to manage personal stress can be challenging. Family- are a common worry for everyone, including couples and ignore. I am beginning to get the body I have always
related stress can be just as challenging. But it can also be a time families. wanted, at age 45. Since the contest ended I have lost an
that brings your family together. • If your stress seems too tough to deal with on your own, additional 5 pounds. I am in better shape and condition
consider counseling. It can be a very beneficial process. than I have been in 20 plus years!!! My advice to anyone
Stress might stem from issues like finances, a loved one losing Just a reminder, all employees have an EAP (Employee would be to leave the soda to start with and watch their
their job, theft, illness, substance abuse, differing opinions, and Assistance Program) available free of charge. Call 1-800-624- sugar intake. That would be a really good place to start if
more. That stress can instantly place strain on a family. You’ll 5544 for more information. increased activity is a problem.”
Bob Smith, President of HTSI,
find it easier to get through tough times when you learn to
accomplished the second of his
manage the stress that comes into your life and support those Life isn’t always easy, but as the saying goes, “What doesn’t hurt Vickey Petitt: “I started by setting a realistic goal. I then
wellness goals on August 27, finishing
around you. you only makes you stronger.” Make it your goal to come out on changed how I ate; the quantity, quality, and the mind 2,584 out of 3,554 riders in the 30th
top when problems arise and bring your family closer together. set of eating as a whole. The last thing I did was took annual “Hotter than Hell 100” bicycle
• Spend quality time with those you love and cherish, whether up jogging. Everything just fell into place after that. As endurance ride in Wichita Falls, Texas.
it be a family-style meal or taking a walk outside. Source: American Psychological Association (APA) far as why I did it…Well the guys on my team asked if I Bob rode the 103.6 miles in seven hours
• Deal with conflict right away. Holding in feelings or wanted to join and so I was in! I really didn’t think about and thirty minutes, stopping at several
avoiding important issues could make things worse or drive FUN for Everyone! Planning should be simple and stress
Are you stuck in a rut of doing the free. Consider planning a spa day, joining until I was asked, so I really didn’t have a game of the various rest stops along the way.
a wedge between you and your loved ones. Make sure all plan on how I was going to get anything accomplished.
same things every day? It’s time to picnic, barbeque, or movie or game “I almost chickened out, and didn’t
communication is positive and respectful. invest in some “me time” or quality night. Now that I have accomplished this much I am going to really decide to go the whole distance
• Get together and prepare a budget, and make sure everyone time with family and friends.
Try to plan one or two evenings continue to see how much better I can make myself.” until I approached the 100K or 100 mile
is fully aware of the budget and why it is in place. Finances
Every now and then, everyone a week to boost your mood and split about 35 miles into the course, I’m
deserves a break from school, work, decrease stress levels. glad now I went left.”
job and household responsibilities.
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What’s Going on at Herzog Railroad Services? by Tim Francis
Enhancing our Product Line by Tim Francis
REMSA/AREMA/RSI/RSSI Show R.U.M. (Rail Unloading Machine)
Herzog Railroad Services Inc. (HRSI) has continued to enhance amount of ballast required based Herzog Railroad We are currently testing a new bogey for the R.U.M. that will
their product line in order to meet the ballast maintenance needs upon the railroads profile. Not Services, Herzog allow it to travel faster and enable the machine to get on track
of the railroads. HRSI’s commitment to developing products only does our volume processing Services and Herzog at smaller two-lane crossings.
that are more efficient and cost effective can be realized in the calculate what is needed to fulfill Technologies all
advent of the P.L.U.S. (Programmable Linear Unloading System) the profile; it also detects overrages participated in the R.U.M.s on the UPRR?
and SMART Trains. These innovations in ballast unloading of ballast and applies that to the largest joint show to We are working on a proposal that would put several more
equipment have had a quantifiable impact on the railroad’s total tons required. Once the scan date. All of us who R.U.M.s to work on the UP for several years.
bottom line. is processed, the tonnages are attended the show
transferred to our P.L.U.S./SMART train survey for unloading. would agree that there Turn Key Rail Train Service
The railroads will always have a need for ballast. Whether This system ensures that the ballast is placed where the was a lot of interest in CSX is looking for a turnkey rail train service that would allow
the railroad is dumping ballast for their maintenance needs railroad wants it and also ensures that the ballast profile will be our new equipment us the opportunity to maintain their current rail train fleet and
or for capital projects, there will always be a need to increase maintained. and technologies that replace their aging trains with our new technology.
the safety in which the ballast is dumped while reducing train have rolled out over
cycle times and managing overall costs. While all of these The full implementation of ballast Profiling on Herzog’s ballast the last several months and will continue to be brought to the M.P.M. (Multi-Purpose Machine)
goals are attainable, they can also be hard to manage, but HRSI trains will again change how the railroads dump ballast. With a market into next year. Below are pictures from the 2011 Show. We just keep building them. We are at 27 and counting. We
has developed a product to help manage that process; Ballast better idea of how much material is needed, increased dumping can’t seem to build them fast enough.
Profiling. accuracy, and cycle time reductions, the costs of dumping ballast Lidar and Outage Truck
will be impacted in a positive way. Both the Outage Truck and the Lidar Truck are out running Turn Key Ballast Service
In the past; surveying for the P.L.U.S./SMART trains was done and taking part in demos on various Class 1 railroads. We September marked the one year anniversary of the 20-
by visually looking at the track and making an estimate on Herzog Railroad Services is continually improving their current have done scans with both trucks and the feedback has been year deal with CSX to maintain their fleet and replace
how much tonnage was required. Ballast Profiling takes the product lines and developing new products in order to meet extremely positive. with automated Herzog cars when their cars are no longer
guesswork out of the equation. Herzog Hi-rails have been the needs of the railroad industry. Our goal is to provide a safer, interchangeable.
equipped with precision GNSS Inertial and LIDAR equipment. more efficient, cost effective way for the railroads to meet their Automated Tie Down Car
The truck takes a surface scan of the track to determine the maintenance needs. The automated tie down car has been completed and we are M.P.M.s on the Canadian Pacific
working with various railroads to put a demo contract in We have gone from 0 MPMs to 2 in the last handful of
place. months. We have a long term proposal for numerous
Track Work 101 Seminar By William Gilbert Self-Loading Rail Train
The building of the first self-loading rail train has begun and
machines over multiple years.
St. Joseph, MO- Herzog employees attended Wigh of Herzog said, “It was great to see 15+ we hope to have it available by the end of the year. CP is interested in 110 more smart cars on a long-term lease
Track Work 101, a seminar designed to help Herzog employees take advantage of the Track (10 years). We have given them a proposal to extend all of
enhance the knowledge of the rail industry, on Work 101 training. John does a fantastic Curve Gang Machine their trains for that time frame and we are just waiting for a
April 19th and 20th at the new 700 Riverside job of teaching a comprehensive course on The UPRR and the BNSF have both been given proposals for response.
Corporate office in St. Joseph, Missouri. The rail. Herzog employees new to the railroad a new machine that we recently developed. This new concept
seminar was led by John Zuspan where he industry benefited from an A to Z course would allow the railroads to streamline the movement of their GPS Car Fleet
discussed track design, construction, and on rail concepts and terminology while the gangs and reduce the windows needed for when undertaking We are up to 1,552 with at least 110 more planned for the CP
maintenance in a practical approach. John seasoned rail professionals benefited from a curve relay project. next year.
graduated from Drexel University with John’s insight into the subtleties of many rail
a degree in Civil Engineering. Following topics. Many thanks to Herzog for hosting such
graduation, he worked extensively on the an informative class.”
Washington D.C. Metro for six years as a
laborer/foreman for Day and Zimmerman. Everything from the history of rail, the
Work then took John to New York City for manufacturing of rail, and the calculating of
several years working on the metro system rail life was discussed providing attendees with
where he became manager of several large scale applicable information for working in today’s
rail projects. rail industry. Mike Stancliff with HSI was able
to attend and believes the course would be an
In 2004, John decided to share his knowledge excellent intro to railroad work for any HRSI or
of the rail industry through Track Work 101 HSI new hire – field or office personnel.
to help those in the industry keep pace with
designers and changing technology. Jeff
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Denver RTD Set to Open New Auraria West Station
Lakewood, CO- On Monday, October 31, 2011, RTD will In honor of this
Denver, CO- The Denver RTD West Corridor Project reached two Project Milestones. The first was the opening of a new
open the first Light Rail Station on the West Rail Line. This milestone, RTD will be
opening culminates construction activities that included serving coffee and donuts 1,000-space park-n-ride and Bus Facility. This new facility replaces the existing park-n-ride located in the direct path of
integrating the existing Central Platte Valley tracks into the to commuters boarding the new light rail alignment. By relocating this facility, rail construction can begin on the last section of the project and
West Rail Line, demolishing the old Auraria West Station or disembarking at the places the project in prime position to completing on time and under budget. This was accomplished by teaming up with
and constructing the new station north/west of its original new Auraria West Station RTD, City of Lakewood, GSA, and others. Congratulations to Josh Pategas for leading the effort here. The second big
location. from 7 to 10 a.m. Project milestone is the completion and full operation of the East Tie-In located on the outskirts of downtown Denver at
the Auraria College Campus. Originally this work was scheduled to be performed in May/June 2012. However, due to
extremely successful partnering efforts with RTD, Balfour Beatty, City and County of Denver, and the Auraria Colleges,
The Colorado Railroad Museum
the team constructed, tested, and placed into operation a new light rail alignment on August 14, 2011. This was a full
nine months ahead of schedule. Congratulations go to Ryan Espoy, Mike Spalding, and Ryan
Denver Transit Construction Group spearheaded a collective outreach effort. It turned out to be a huge Richards for leading the charge on the schedule and construction for this effort. Also, a big
(DTCG), the Construction Manager/ success for all involved.” DTCG also partnered with associated congratulations to the whole Denver Team for making all of the project milestones happen.
General Contractor on the Regional suppliers, subcontractors, companies and individuals to donate an
Transportation District’s (RTD) West Rail additional $9,000 to the museum.
Line, donated more than $50,000 worth
of materials, equipment and labor to the The Colorado Railroad Museum, a replica of an 1880’s style
John West, DTCG Project Colorado Railroad Museum to build train depot, houses the largest known collection of historic
Manager, drives celebratory track needed to relocate the museum’s records, mementos, artifacts and photos of Colorado railroads.
standard gauge boxcars. On Saturday, It also houses an art gallery featuring originals by artists such
August 27, more than 40 DTCG crew as Otto Kuhler, Howard Fogg, and Ted Rose and noted pioneer
members donated their time and labor in a community event that photographers including Henry Jackson, Louis Charles McClure
brought more than 300 spectators to the museum grounds. and George Beam.
“This event was a great community effort put forth by the Colorado Packed with information on railroad history, visitors can view
Railroad Museum and Denver Transit Construction Group,” railroad equipment, restored railcars, the photo gallery, and the
said John West, DTCG Project Manager. “Bill Robie, a Colorado newly built railroad track. For more information, visit www.
Railroad Museum Board member, communicated the museum’s coloradorailroadmusuem.org or call 303-279-4591.
needs to DTCG’s Track Superintendent, Mike Spalding and he
Business Spotlight- Denny’s Restaurant Denver Transit Construction Group Receives
Industry Innovation Award!
Lakewood, CO- Denny’s Restaurant is the “West Rail Business of the
Month.” Located at 565 Union Boulevard, Denny’s has been serving the We want to thank Denny’s Restaurant for their on-going cooperation
Lakewood community for several years. Harold Denny founded the and patience with West Rail construction. The installation of two
first Denny’s in Lakewood, California in 1953 under the name Danny’s water meters required an overnight closure of the restaurant and
Donuts. In 1954, an additional Danny’s was opened and expanded improvements along Union Boulevard have closed their entrance
the menu to include sandwiches and other entrees. In 1959, with 20 on more than one occasion. Denny’s Manager, Sergio Cortez, is Denver, CO- Denver Transit Construction Group received way to perform construction on a 285-foot long arch
locations, Danny’s official name was changed to Denny’s. always a pleasure to work with. He knows that improvements to the the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials bridge that spans six lanes of traffic on/off ramps to nearby
infrastructure along the Union Boulevard Corridor will only grow his
(COMTO) Industry Innovation Award at the 2011 National interchanges on one of the business state highways in
The Denny’s family is in many ways as diverse as the general population. business in the long run. Stop in and visit this local business supporting
As of 2010, minorities made up 62 percent of their total workforce and enhancement of your neighborhood. Meeting and Training Conference in Philadelphia, PA, held this region. This collaborative approach was achieved by
41 percent of overall management. Over 40 percent of franchises are on July 16-19, 2011. A crowd of over 300 was scheduled performing an analysis of the most cost effective method
minority-owned and 44 percent of the Board of Directors consists of Even though construction along the West Rail Line affects more to be in attendance at COMTO’s Industry Awards Gala to to the construction of this bridge that would also provide
minorities and women. In fact, Denny’s diversity progress has been residents than businesses, many businesses still feel the direct impact of celebrate and congratulate Denver Transit Construction for the safety of the travelling public and the safety of the
widely acknowledged by civil rights leaders, community groups, and construction. RTD and the entire West Rail team would like to thank Group on this great accomplishment. construction workers while minimizing impacts to traffic.
many publications, including Hispanic Business, Black Enterprise, Asian all of the businesses along the West Rail Line for their outstanding
Enterprise and Family Digest. Fortune even ranked Denny’s in its list cooperation and support during difficult construction times. The Denver Transit Construction Group partnered with
of “America’s 50 Best Corporations for Minorities” two years in a row. a design engineering firm to determine the most efficient
Everyone at Denny’s may be unique, but they share a common goal - Source: RTD FasTracks eNews
they care. And therein lies their strength.
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New Faces of Caltrain
Rick Bellew, Deputy Project Manager for the New Mexico Rail
Runner Express in Albuquerque, NM will be assuming the role
of Deputy General Manager of Maintenance of Way in San Jose
for the Caltrain project. Rick is originally from California, and
is looking forward to the move back.
Rick started with Herzog in May of 2010 after leaving the
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Prior to his time
Irving, TX- The operation and maintenance facility for the DCTA A-train project is expected to be completed before the end of
with the FRA, he spent 10 years with BNSF Railway. He has
the year. The O&M Facility includes a shop for maintenance and repairs, and a fueling station. The building will house offices for
extensive skills in managing a manifold of responsibilities
HTSI and DCTA employees. Dispatching and Communications for the A-train will also make their headquarters there.
to include track maintenance, track construction, gang
management, finance and budget, and most important people
development. During his tenure with BNSF he attended school
obtaining a BS and MBA.
Dallas, TX- Trinity Railway Express (TRE) Conductor Will Jackson will be leaving HTSI.
Left to right: Brian Hadley, Kevin Beejack, Gerald Francis, Robert Schwartz, Rick Bellew, and Doug Honn. Will’s wife, Dwana, has recieved a promotion which calls for her to transfer to Louisiana. The
Rick has been married to Andrea for 10 years. Andrea is
currently working at an elementary school and studying to be Jacksons have decided the offer was too good to pass so they, along with their two daughters
Gerald Francis is the new General Manager on the Breana (17) and Bianca (13), will make the move. Will’s safe, professional, and customer
TransitAmerica Services, Inc. job of operating Caltrain. He a teacher. Andrea will continue and complete her degree in
California where she will seek a teaching job for K-6 graders. friendly work ethic will be greatly missed by his friends at HTSI and the passengers of the
began his transportation career with Union Pacific in 1970
TRE. Will has been with the TRE since March of 2003 and previously served in the United
and most recently worked as Deputy General Manager for
Together they have 3 children Mason (8), Travis and Alley States Air Force.
the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Gerald
is an active member of the American Public Transportation (6-year-old-twins). Rick and Andrea like to live vicariously
Association (APTA) and serves as the Chairman on the Rail through their children. The kids are avid quad and BMX
Atlanta Streetcar Project News
Transit Standards Operating Committee. He is also a member riders. They have four dogs, one German Shepard, and three
of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Chihuahuas.
(COMTO). Throughout his career he has worked closely
His hobbies include: running, exercise, anything off road, Atlanta, GA- Winnie Alfelor, business companies seeking information on subcontracting
with state safety oversight commissions to ensure regulatory
reading, and recently the love/hate relationship that is known Quality Manager, and Blake opportunities in the Atlanta Street Car Project.
compliance, establish standards, develop new procedures, and
implement best‐practices for regulatory and safety oversight as golf. Spending quality time with the kids, watching their Parker, Estimator, represented Representatives of three of the four eligible contractors
over railroads, light‐rail transit agencies, rail crossings, and developing personalities, assisting with their education and Herzog at the Roundtable selected to design-build the East-West Atlanta Street
scheduled bus operators. He is a graduate of Creighton hobbies is the greatest gift of all. Meeting for City of Atlanta Car Project (Herzog, URS and Stacy Witbeck/Parsons)
University in Omaha, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science Certified Female Business provided a brief background of their respective companies
degree in Business Administration. In his spare time he enjoys Rick’s favorite books so far are Common Sense (Thomas Enterprises (FBEs) hosted and answered questions from the FBEs regarding services
jazz concerts, improving his golf game, and watching all sports. Paine), Nature (Ralph Waldo Emerson), and the Hunger Game by Women Flying High, LLC available for subcontracting. WFH business development
Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Favorite movies would be Hot Tub (WFH) led by its President, Rita and outreach services are recognized throughout the
Brian Hadley started his railroad career at the age of 18 as an Time Machine, Anchor Man, Good Fellas, Kill Bill, and Pulp Jackson Samuels. Tracy Reed, a Atlanta metropolitan area and the State of Georgia.
Assistant Operator for Sperry Rail Service. During his second Fiction. Principal at the City of Atlanta’s
summer break from college he began work as a brakeman, Office of Contract Compliance
conductor, engineer and alligator wrangler for shortline Watch for more introductions in upcoming newsletters. and brother of Mayor Kaseem
Louisiana & Delta RR. This experience provided him an Reed, expressed appreciation of
opportunity to hire on with Union Pacific in 1997 where he the support and assistance the
spent the next 12 years working as a Brakeman, Conductor, eligible Atlanta Streetcar Design-
Engineer, Instructor & Manager Operating Practices. Brian Build bidders are extending the members of the WFH. Ms.
joined Herzog in December of 2009 as the Director, Commuter Susan Ross, Vendor Development Manager of the City of
Operations in Austin, TX. His job with TransitAmerica Atlanta was also present.
Services, Inc. will be Deputy General Manager Safety Training
& Compliance. He was born and raised in Louisiana and of
The October 5, meeting was held in the Logan Room of the
course is a huge LSU and New Orleans Saints fan. He’d like to
United Way Building, Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia
thank his parents, especially his father, a retired locomotive
and attended by Presidents/CEOs of women-owned small Left to right: Blake Parker, Rita Jackson Samuels, and Winnie Alfelor
engineer for encouraging hard work in the railroad industry. at the Roundtable Meeting
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“We really see this as an opportunity,” said Santo Domingo
Positive Train Control Contract
tribal planner Kenny Pin about the Kewa Station that opened Oceanside, CA- North County Transit District
March 2010. (NCTD) awarded a $32 million contract to Herzog
Technologies, Inc. to install Positive Train Control
“At least 100 people get on and off every day. The surrounding (PTC) on the Coaster trains. The PTC system for
community uses it — a lot of teachers from the school, people NCTD will fully integrate with other PTC systems to be
from Cochiti and San Felipe, and some of our students who installed on adjacent rail lines operated by Metrolink,
go to the Indian School take the train home on Friday and BNSF Railway Co., Amtrak, and Pacific Sun Railroad to
Sandia Pueblo, NM- The concrete has been poured and the then go back on Sunday.” Isleta Pueblo’s Hard Rock Casino ensure interoperability.
passenger platform has been built along the rail line. Now and Hotel transports visitors from the Rail Runner stop in
open, the newest New Mexico Rail Runner Express stop front of Isleta Lakes to its casino. Even some pueblos without Remembering the tragic Chatsworth train collisions,
at Sandia Pueblo, marking the 13th stop for the 100-mile proper stops are linked to the Rail Runner. Santa Ana Pueblo’s Positive Train Control refers to technology that is
commuter line between Belen and Santa Fe. Star Casino provides transportation to its venue from the capable of preventing trains colliding by operating over
Sandoval County station, and Pojoaque Pueblo provides the speed limit, along with providing safety measures to
“This station is used for a variety of reasons — there are transportation to roadway workers and the communities in which they
people from Sandia who use this station … And there are a lot its Buffalo Thunder operate.
of people in the North Valley area of Albuquerque who have Resort and Casino
jobs in Santa Fe,” said Jay Faught, marketing manager for the from the Santa Fe This innovative technology will move Herzog into a
Rail Runner. Depot. The San Felipe new era of expertise in the railroad industry. With Left to right the PTC Crew: Chad Baker, Kimberly Mays, Deron Haptonstall, Andy
Hollywood Casino the vast knowledge in the team that was hand selected, Ahumada, and Chris Eldridge. Not pictured: Doyle Stiefel , Mike Rogers and Brian Burke
In other words, the stop will produce a variety of passengers. now offers a shuttle we expect this project to not only be a success, but to
The station, near Sandia’s Shady Lakes Recreational Area on connection at the demonstrate our abilities to the nation.
N.M. 313 and near N.M. 556, marks the third for the Rail Santo Domingo and
Runner on pueblo land. Both Isleta and Santo Domingo Sandoval County/US The staffing team for this project is: Deron Haptonstall, Project Manager; Chad Baker, Director of Field Operations; Mike
Pueblos have stations, helping residents with their commutes 550 stations. Rogers, Business Manager; Andy Ahumada, Network Manager; Doyle Stiefel, Communications Engineer; Chris Eldridge,
and aiding the local economy. Project Engineer; Brian Burke, CAD Engineer; Kimberly Mays, Office Manager.
Giving and Receiving Feedback By Patricia Bagby
LOVE CONNECTION ON THE RAIL - TIM REED STORY
New Mexico- Train Engineer Tim Reed knew he always wanted a “I remember she always had headphones on, or would get on
One of the most difficult skills to
learn in communications is how to
handle critical feedback—whether
A good part of our self image is based on how others view us.
When we feel that someone sees us as anything other than in a
positive light, we may feel distraught. Critical feedback implies
we are giving it or receiving it. When that we could be wrong. What could be more personal and
family… but he says he also wanted a stable wage-earning job. the train and immediately fall asleep… so I could never get a
we understand it and use it, critical threatening?
What he didn’t know was that going to work for the New chance to talk to her.”
feedback becomes constructive
Mexico Rail Runner Express would bring him both!
feedback. It takes an open mind to be able to listen to an opposing view.
Tim actually started working as a conductor in To his surprise, Tim says that one day the woman got on
Even if the feedback is poorly given, it forces us to examine our
March of 2006, four months before the Rail Runner the train in the afternoon and did not put headphones
Many supervisors have told me behavior and draw conclusions.
began service. on, and did not settle into her seat for a nap. After a
they find critical feedback difficult
few days of making a point to talk to her, he decided he
to handle. That is understandable. When we give critical feedback it is important that it be given
“I always felt lucky to get on with the Rail Runner”, says would ask her out on a date.
You make all kinds of decisions, constructively. Constructive feedback is aimed at promoting
Tim. “In addition to enjoying the job, I also really liked
judgments about the people you manage, just as your improvement or development of the person to whom you are
getting to know the passengers. The train provides a very “I took a shot – I gave her my phone number and then bet her 10
managers make decisions about you. These judgments can be providing the feedback. This kind of open feedback can relieve
friendly social environment.” dollars that she wouldn’t call me, but she did!
informal and even unconscious. Critical feedback can make stress, and stop people from guessing at expectations. Because
the difference between success and failure in our lives. It honesty promotes trust and paves the way to understanding,
Tim recalls that among the many passengers there was one in The rest of the story is the kind of stuff that romantic books and
provides us with information on what is working and what is constructive feedback can improve interpersonal relationships.
particular who really stood out. It was a woman who would board the movies are based on. The two married in September of 2009, and now
not. Critical feedback is an indispensable part of our lives; it
train each weekday in Los Lunas, and ride to the Los Ranchos/Journal have a 21-month-old son named Logan.
can empower us to communicate more openly and improves
Center station where she would get off the train and go to work.
many facets of our daily lives.
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Family Jon Erbes
Jon joined Herzog
Railroad Services on
Tyler joined Herzog
Contracting Corp. June 2011
Brenda (Davidson) and Roger Slade
July 25, 2011. Jon as a new IT Help Desk support
has spent the last 22 were married on June 14, 2011 with
person. He and his wife,
years in Supply Chain, a beach ceremony held
Vicky, live in St. Joseph. Vicky
Transportation, and at the Taveuni Palms
is a Language Arts Teacher
Logistics honing his Resort in Fiji, where the at Central High School. They
skills and knowledge in all modes of Domestic couple also spent their have one pet, a cat named
and International transportation. Jon will work honeymoon. Brenda is Jolie. Tyler’s hobbies are video
Jeff Wigh with the Marketing and Operations teams to a Field Engineer on the games, comic books, reading
develop proposals and contracts with HRSI’s Draper Light Rail Project and keeping his wife happy.
Jeff Wigh, Director of R&D for Railroad customers. Jon’s wife, Kay, owns and manages and Roger is a Surveyor His favorite foods are mac and
Services, and wife, Anna welcomed Timeless Treasures Antique Mall in Claycomo, cheese, fried chicken, and watermelon.
with Stacy and Witbeck
Emily Marie on April 6, 2011. MO. Between them, their combined families He is an Eagle Scout and has been to
on the Frontrunner
include three daughters and seven grandchildren. Ireland where he drove around England
Bryan Beier Jake Herzog
Larry joined Herzog
Bryan joined Herzog Railroad Contracting Corp. as
Owen Marshall was born April 18
Services in May 2011 as a the Director of Railcar
Reid Boyer at 3:29 pm. He weighed 7 lbs 8 oz.
Marketing Manager. He and Engineering. He and his wife,
and was 21 inches long. Owen is
his wife, Ellen, live in Glasgow, Phyllis (housewife) have
Reid joined Herzog the first child for Jake and his wife,
MT. Together they have four been married for more than
Railroad Services Sarah, and is the first grandchild for
children, Faith (17), Lainey 35 years. Together they have
in August 2011 as a Grandpa Stan.
(17), Wyatt (16), and Julia two children. Beth graduated
(13). He actually delivered from Baylor University in Project Coordinator.
Wyatt when he was born four years with a double He and his wife,
beside a rural country road major (business and finance). She lives in the Cara, have three
in Montana, which was 38 Houston area and works for Conoco Phillips. daughters, Rylie
miles to the closest hospital. Bryan enjoys Tommy has been in the army for more than 10 is 8, Cadence is 6 and Lily is 5. He
downhill skiing, construction projects years. He just returned from Afghanistan for enjoys spending time with his family,
his third time. After 10 years in the army he Elizabeth Liechti
when he has time, and a good movie. His coaching his daughter’s ball teams,
favorite books are anything with history will leave and attend college. Larry’s hobbies
hunting and 3D archery shoots where Elizabeth Liechti and husband Matt
and he enjoys a good lean steak. Bryan include water skiing, snow skiing, outdoors,
and building HO model railroads. He has two he shoots at life size foam targets. Give welcomed their first child, Norah
has spent 19 years as a self-employed
toy poodles and enjoys mexican food with Reid a call if you need to brush up on Kenna, on August 12, 2011. Norah
farmer/rancher/insurance agent in eastern
action and sci-fi movies. Larry is a railroad your target shooting skills. weighed 6 lbs and was 20.5 inches long.
Montana and the last five years as a
nut. He lived and breathed railroad with KCS Elizabeth is our Corporate Recruiter and
Business Development Manager with rail
for 23 years. Before joining Herzog he worked Matt is a firefighter.
and coal mining interests in MT/CO/UT
and WY. on a project in Russia for the last 3-1/2 years
helping design a car shop to build 40 Russian
freight cars per day.
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Family V. Geno Huenink
Geno, Director of Marketing, joined Herzog
Eric and Jacqueline were married June 11th at St.
Railroad Services in June 2011. He and his wife
Mary, Office Manager for Pulse Technology Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Eric is an
Architects, have three children, Melissa, Naomi Estimator in our corporate office and Jacqueline
and Aaron. Melissa, lives in Overland Park is a Social Worker for St. Joseph Family Guidance
and is an RN at KU Med Center in labor and Center. A reception was held at the Knights of
delivery. Naomi, mother of two (Jolie 11 and Columbus and the newlyweds honeymooned in
Sydney 2) lives in Key West where her husband is stationed in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
the Air Force as a Systems Security Manager. Naomi is pursuing
her Master’s in Psychology. Aaron, lives in Shawnee and works
for Water One. He also works at 3&2 Baseball Complex where Heather Turco
he umpires for 16-and-under baseball. Geno enjoys fishing,
hunting, golf and spending time with is grandkids. His favorite Heather joined Herzog
movies are anything with Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson or Contracting Corp. in Jenna Haecker
both. He is the youngest of 11 children and was born and raised October as Receptionist.
in Minnesota. She enjoys shopping, Jenna joined Herzog
fishing, anything outdoors, and traveling. Contracting Corp.
Her favorite place to eat is Panera, favorite October 18 as the new
place to visit is Florida. She loves ice cream receptionist. She is
and her favorite color is hot pink. Don’t call from Plymouth, NE and
Jomo Palmer her when you have a hankering for some lives in Stewartsville
sushi as this is one thing she does not like. with her son Maddox, 2. She enjoys sports,
Jomo, Project Engineer, and Agota Perry-Hill Heather has also traveled to Paris. running, hanging out with her son, shopping
were married September 30th, 2011. and KU basketball. No pets for Jenna since
she is allergic to pet hair. Her favorite
foods are spaghetti and pasta salad, favorite
movie is Ice Age and favorite TV show is
Friends. She is not a fan of clutter or spiders
Hector Valenzuela or any bugs as a matter of fact. Jenna is a
Chris Lavicky Cornhusker fan and loves Mountain Dew.
Rachel Hessemyer Hector, Track Foreman,
and Rosa, welcomed Hector
Chris, Chief Operator for HSI, and wife
Rachel, Asphalt Recycling Valenzuela Jr. on
Concepts Accountant, and Resa welcomed their
June 21, 2011.
husband Ian, Physical Therapist, second child. Delano John
welcomed Hayden Elizabeth on was born September 7th.
August 24, 2011. She was born at He is welcomed home by
1:02 pm, weighing 8 lbs. 7 oz and big brother, Calvin.
was 20.5 inches long.
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Layon Accepts First Load Tidbits from Around the Country
of Trash St. Joseph, MO- July 2011 Herzog Corporate
took part in a blood drive. There were 17
Guam- September 1, 2011, at an on-site hearing of the District Court of volunteers and 14 of those were successful
Guam, the gates of the Layon Landfill were officially opened. The Layon donors. Enough blood was collected to help
Landfill is a high-tech, environmentally sound and highly controlled landfill two patients in our local St. Joseph area.
for non-hazardous municipal solid waste. It was built with an engineered Great job everyone!
liner and a leachate collection and removal system that protects human
health and the environment. With a capacity in excess of 15.8 million cubic
yards, the Layon Landfill will service the island of Guam for more than 30 Albuquerque, NM- Jerome Padilla son of Renee Trujillo, Administrative Assistant
years. The Layon Landfill is owned by the Guam Solid Waste Authority and (Railrunner) visited Kansas City in August 2011. Not for vacation but a fight. That’s
operated by Herzog Environmental, Inc. right, this 13-year-old took part in the Ringside World Championship boxing
tournament. This was his first international tournament and only his second
amateur fight. Jerome lost by decision, but received a medal! He is taking a break
Kudos to Norm Kivett and the entire HEI Layon staff for a job well from boxing because basketball started up, then he will continue his journey back
done. Everything went well with the press, dignitaries, mayors, etc. out in the ring. He is a straight-A student and his mom is very proud of him!
here watching it all happen. I also appreciate all the help and support
from the corporate office.
Vice President Summer of Star Movie?
Are You PartRoyalthe Fresh Fish!
By Dave Sterlace
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I had an afternoon meeting with
Military Signs Agreement
fishing dominates the action while a visit to one of Baja’s coastal or offshore islands care of your catch and pride in our results. Imagine bluefin, yellowfin, and bigeye
is often a part of the journey. Such legendary spots as Isla Guadalupe, Isla San tuna, albacore, wahoo, yellowtail and Dorado all delivered in fresh, premium condi-
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SCRRA at their downtown LA office
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Fall 10, 11 and 12 Day Trips
(the old building on 7th between When returning with fresh product, our exceptional fillet service is always
Welcome aboard ROYAL STAR, the most modern and luxurious 92 foot long- available. Fisherman’s Processing advances anglers processing choices with the
Flower and Figuroa). I parked the car
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The military bases on Guam are now customers of the new as other customers and to ensure that all waste delivered for
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Layon landfill, under an agreement signed on Oct. 1. disposal is acceptable under the permits issued by the Guam Once on board, you will benefit from her unique features which include: at the parking lot near where former
and reward our anglers with a caliber and style of fishing available only in
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niently located Fisherman’s Processing facility where experienced personnel
fillet and vacuum package your premium product to the highest standards.
• 12 spacious air conditioned staterooms with cedar lined closets
Environmental Protection Agency for the Layon Landfill and and drawer space. All beds are at least 7 feet in length. Mayor Reardon had a restaurant (9th
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St. Joseph, MO- Richard McCullough,
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The inclusion of the military as a landfill customer could help the transfer station, according to the receiver.
• A unique, fully air conditioned galley with a comfortable lounge and
and Figuroa). Cutting across the lot component of their successful long range fishing adventure.
Scheduling Director, became a licensed Voyage 2012/2013
entertainment system. Our dining area creates a relaxed, congenial
keep down the cost of the trash collection fees for Guam’s
atmosphere perfect for unwinding after a long day of fishing.
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I noticed a RoachThe Royalwhere the
An experience unlike any other, the remote French atoll known as Clipperton is
Professional Engineer in the state of
• The most modern in electronics including 24 hour satellite telephone
the only of its kind in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Tenacious Giant Yellowfin Tuna, As dedicated fishermen with firmly established reputations, Captain’s/Owner’s
employee/cashier had set up tables
communications, 4 Global Positioning Systems with computer
civilian customers. This information was provided previously The contract is for five years, the longest time-frame for which color plotter, 2 radars, multiple radios, including 2 single sidebands, and wahoo abound in a vibrant, protected ecosystem hosting an abundance of Tim Ekstrom, Randy Toussaint, and Brian Sims guarantee every voyage will be
Missouri in June. Congrats Richie!
2 VHF’s, and others for your safety.
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with table cloths. I thought to myself –
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how nice. Here’s a business that wants
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into the system. federal rules. Waste deliveries under the contract began on
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size, and with our limited loads, more bait and fish hold space
to attract customers. I’ll give it a try.
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The line wasn’t long, and there was
• A superior refrigeration system custom designed to specialize in reservations available annually these voyages book quickly! Our crew of professional fishermen is an experienced team dedicated to
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Federal receiver Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc. today
rapid chilling of your catch. Whether frozen or fresh, optimum
Fly Down/Fly Back Spring 2012/2013
temperatures are quickly achieved and maintained ensuring the dating atmosphere on deck. Once on board you will immediately recognize the
highest quality product available upon your voyage’s return. a choice of three entrees. I wore my difference as our distinct approach and extraordinary standards exceed your
announced that the Guam Solid Waste Authority, previously “This is an important milestone for the environment and • The ROYAL STAR is the first to include a well-proven stabilizing
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Depart from Cabo San Lucas to quickly enter the tough-
Herzog Safety Vest. I ordered an entrée,
est, most challenging stand up sport fishery for Giant
every expectation. With many years at sea together, the Royal Star crew is
UNMATCHED in ability, fish handling, and consistent exceptional performance.
Yellowfin Tuna as Royal Star ventures to world re- Led by Chef’s Drew Rivera and Jeffrey Grant, the Royal Star galley offers fresh
the Solid Waste Management Division, has reached an will make solid waste services more cost-effective for Guam’s features will ensure our passengers the maximum in travel comfort. nowned trophy yellowfin precincts including hurricane
received my meal, picked out a drink,
bank, and the waters surrounding the legendary Revilla-
ideas and innovative selections in contemporary cuisine. This extraordinary culi-
nary team welcomes anglers from the rigors of fishing with a warm, friendly atmo-
agreement with Naval Facilities Engineering Command citizens and businesses,” said receiver representative David Be Part of the Experience!
Early Summer – June and July
gigedo island reserve. A wealth of rail time and the most
picked up my napkin and cutlery, and
consistent opportunity to land that “fish of a lifetime”
separate these voyages from all others as travel time is
sphere, five star meals, and morning and afternoon hors d’oeuvres. Rivaling the
finest five star establishments, Chef’s Rivera and Grant take long range dining to
the highest level available today.
Marianas to begin using the Layon Landfill for disposal of L. Manning. “Even with military participation in the new Consistently productive and our best values, these trips coincide with summer
minimized by departing from and returning to Cabo San
went to the cashier that was using a
Lucas and our focus narrows to target the world’s most
With our many years experience as leaders in our industry,
we take tremendous pride in our operation and continuing
formidable game fish. With a long history of incredible
non-hazardous waste from military facilities on Guam. landfill, we expect the Layon Landfill to meet Guam’s disposal warming trends and often intercept the first schools of Albacore, Bluefin Tuna, and improvement. Every member of our crew exudes this pride
Yellowfin Tuna on their migrations North. Alijos Rocks is the main destination
with early conditions favoring Yellowfin Tuna to 100#, the occasional Wahoo, and
success, these unique, ultra limited load voyages are
ideal for the angler seeking the adventure and challenge
in their respect, commitment and performance.
We invite you to join us and experience an
needs for at least 40 to 50 years. With effective recycling, it can trophy Yellowtail up to 80#.
of the amazing sub-tropical giant yellowfin tuna fishery
“Where do I pay”, I asked. “Whaddya
in only eleven or twelve days.
entirely unique Royal Star long range sport fish-
NAVFAC will also use the new hauler-only transfer station last longer. The contract also means that NAVFAC will not mean, where do I pay,” the guy with the 2012-2013 Sportfishing Schedule
Bill Grimsley, Scheduler, center, and
operated by Guahan Waste Control to minimize the truck need to build additional landfill facilities of its own, and can St. Joseph, MO- Clinton Boldrige, counter said. his 357lb yellowfin tuna he caught at
traffic to the Layon Landfill. begin the process of closing their old unlined landfills, a big Quality Assurance Inspector, has a model “I ordered this food, I’m ready to sit Clarion Island on a scientific tagging
win for Guam’s environment.” in the family. His daughter Beretta (8) down. Where do I pay?” trip. Bill and his fish made the Royal
The contract, which was approved by the Office of the Guam signed a contract with Get Connected “Aren’t you part of the movie?” Star cover out of hundreds of potential
Attorney General and the lieutenant governor on behalf of Source: Guam Pacific Daily News Talent in July. They plan to use her as a “No” candidates. Bill say’s he is proud to
the governor’s office, requires NAVFAC to pay the same rate brand promoter and an extra in movies. “Sit down. Eat your food, and keep practice catch and release as this fish
your mouth shut.” swam off unharmed.
HERZOG NEWS safety first
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november 2011 november 2011
St. Joseph, MO- The Missouri Department of Transportation
Highway 59 to Reopen You Can Prepare Now for Tax Season
awarded Herzog Contracting Corp. a $1.2 million contract
to repair scour areas and resurface the flood-damaged By Carla Lackey, CPA, Tax Senior Manager
U.S. Highway 59 between Missouri Highway 45 and Clifton Gunderson LLP
the Amelia Earhart Bridge across the Missouri River
at Atchison, KS. The initial repairs consisted of
the installation of rock to repair the damaged It won’t be long before we are all in result in a tax credit opportunity. Exterior windows and
roadbed while the flood waters began to recede. full-tilt income tax preparation mode. doors, insulation, furnaces, solar cells, small wind turbines
These repairs were made within three days and The sooner you begin considering and other upgrades may qualify for up to $500 in credits.
Herzog was awarded the maximum incentive your personal strategy for reducing Get Credit for Child and Dependent Care Costs
of $36,000 for their quick turnaround. The road
taxes, the more satisfied you will If you pay child care expenses so you (and your spouse)
was then allowed to be re-opened to two-way
be with the results. Here are a few can work, up to $3,000 of expenses ($6,000 for two or more
vehicular traffic. The remaining work consisted
suggestions to get you started: dependents) can qualify for the deduction. You may also
of resurfacing the roadway after all of the flood
waters had finally receded. The highway had
be able to deduct expenses related to caring for a disabled
been closed since June 27 due to flooding on the Make Year-End Charitable spouse or other adult dependent while you work.
Missouri River. Donations
You have until December 31 to make Deduct Student Loan Interest
2011 contributions to your favorite charities. Add up the If you’re paying off student loans, up to $2,500 of interest on
amounts and take a deduction on your 2011 return. The qualified loans may be deductible in 2011. As usual, there
total of all of your qualified contributions for the year can are income limitations, and you can’t deduct your child’s
be up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. student loan interest, only your own.
Make an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution Get a Break for Tuition Costs
If you’re 70 ½ or older you may qualify to donate up to Deductions of up to $4,000 are available to qualified
$100,000 from an individual retirement account (IRA) taxpayers (based on income) for college tuition paid in
directly to a qualifying charitable organization. The donated 2011.
amount can then be excluded from your gross income for
2011. Contributions must be made by Dec. 31, 2011, but be Beware of the AMT
Going Once, Twice, SOLD!
sure to leave plenty of time for paperwork and processing. The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is a tax system
within the larger tax system that may mean higher rates
Contribute to Retirement Accounts (up to 28 percent) for people with adjusted gross income
Elwood, KS- It’s that time of year again, it’s Auction
The long-standing advice of making the maximum as low as $48,450 for single filers, $74,450 for married
Time! This marks the 27th anniversary of the Annual
allowable contribution to a 401(k) plan, IRA or Roth IRA couples filing jointly and $37,225 for married couples filing
Herzog Auction which will take place December 3rd.
still stands. Taxable income reduction and tax-deferred separately. AMT may also limit some of the deductions you
The auction started out as a venue to give Herzog
growth yield benefits now and in the future. can take, so keep it in mind as you plan your strategy.
employees a way to buy surplus company assets.
Pickups, SUV’s, backhoes, forklifts, and “junque and
Get Energy Efficient Talk to your tax professional for more ideas, or visit the IRS
jewels” are just a few of the items on this year’s list.
Installing energy-efficient improvements to your home may website [link to www.irs.gov].
For more information on the auction or employee
consignment, contact Dan Samford at 816-901-4087 The information contained herein is general in nature and is not intended, and should not be construed, as legal, accounting, or tax advice or opinion provided by Clifton Gunderson LLP to the reader. The reader also is cautioned that this material may not be applicable to, or
(office) or visit the web site at www.herzogauction.com. suitable for, the reader’s specific circumstances or needs, and may require consideration of non-tax and other tax factors if any action is to be contemplated. The reader should contact his or her Clifton Gunderson LLP or other tax professional prior to taking any action based upon
this information. Clifton Gunderson LLP assumes no obligation to inform the reader of any changes in tax laws or other factors that could affect the information contained herein.
Nashville, TN- Herzog Environmental’s Rick Boczek, Project
Manager, and Damon Gorges, Office Manager, (both of the Wichita
Landfill) attended the WASTECON Conference in Nashville, TN.
This year there were more than 2,000 atendees throughout the three
From our friends at
New Faces around Dunn & Davidson LLC
The law firm of Dunn & Davison, LLC, Also joining the team is John E.
headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Taylor as Of Counsel in the Leawood
announces the addition of Dennis Cas- Office and member of their Litigation
sidy as Of Counsel in the Kansas City Department.
office and member of their Litigation
Department. John practiced law at the Kansas and
Missouri offices of Morris & Larson,
Mr. Cassidy has over 14 years of experi- PC and Watson & Ess, L.C. before
ence in general civil litigation. For near- their dissolution and the Kansas City,
ly 10 years, he worked for an insurance Missouri office of Armstrong Teasdale.
defense firm in Kansas City. Begin- Before joining Dunn & Davison, he
ning in 2007, he worked for a general practiced at John E. Taylor, L.C. in both
practice firm in Overland Park, focusing his practice on general Missouri and Kansas.
litigation, including personal injury and corporate matters. He
will continue this practice while working with Dunn & Davison. John is licensed before the United States Supreme Court and
Furthermore, he has an extensive practice as an advocate for the state and federal courts in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and the
rights of injured parties, a practice he will maintain while work- District of Columbia. John’s practice areas include arbitration,
ing with Dunn & Davison. He has been selected for inclusion in civil trial practice, construction, insurance defense, personal
Super Lawyers-Rising Stars 3 times. injury, professional liability and real estate law. He is known
for his practical, cost-efficient approach toward the matters
“The addition of Cassidy marks another strategic step forward he handles. John was recently honored as a 2011 Best of Bar
for Dunn & Davison,” said Brian Dunn, one of the managing Honoree in the Kansas City Business Journal.
partners of the firm. With the addition of Cassidy and the recent
merger with the respected McCrummen Immigration Law As the result of recent additions, Dunn & Davison has 23
Group, Dunn & Davison will have a total of 23 attorneys in five attorneys in five offices including Kansas City, Mo., St. Joseph,
offices including Kansas City, Mo.; St. Joseph, Mo. ; Leawood, Mo., North Kansas City, Mo., Leawood, Ks., and Houston, Tx.
Kan.; Houston, Tx.; and North Kansas City, Mo. The firm’s attorneys hail from a variety of regional and national
firms and are seasoned professionals with valuable experience
The firm’s attorneys hail from a variety of regional and national in complex transactions and cases across the country and
firms and are seasoned professionals with valuable experience in internationally. All came to Dunn & Davison in order to better
complex transactions and cases across the country and interna- serve their clients’ growing and varied needs.
tionally. All came to Dunn & Davison in order to better serve
their clients’ growing and varied needs.
Dunn & Davison attorneys provide practical, solutions-oriented
guidance to clients in the areas of banking, business, commercial
litigation, construction, employee benefits, employment law,
ERISA, estate planning, higher education, mergers and acquisi-
tions, tax planning, asset protection planning, arbitration and
dispute resolution. The firm’s focus is on integrity and experi-
ence in client service. Dunn & Davison, where innovation meets
For more information about Dunn & Davison, visit www.dunndavison.com.