BNSF Railway honors five KCK employees for outstanding achievements

BNSF Railway Co. honored five Kansas City, Kan., area employees at its 2013 Employees of the Year ceremony held this week in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kansas City, Kan., team members recognized for their contributions to the STARC Digital Radio Repeater Deployment project included: Nicholas Chubb, electrician; Bob Leedham, consulting systems engineer I; and Roy Ward, comm/signal foreman.

This team rolled out the STARC digital radio repeater system at BNSF’s Hobart Yard. The technology determines which receiver has the best signal strength and uses that signal for the repeated audio process. This greatly increases radio connectivity and user flexibility.

Additionally, BNSF recognized the “Best of the Best” work leaders for their outstanding safety leadership in 2013. Their work teams achieved exceptional safety performance in 2013; each work group was injury-free. Kansas City, Kan. “Best of the Best Recognition” employees include Scott Hawthorne, manager, roadway equipment, Engineering; and Robert Millinder, manager, signal, Engineering.

“BNSF’s dedicated employees fuel the success of our company,” said Carl Ice, president and chief executive officer of BNSF. “The 2013 Employees of the Year awards honor those individuals who demonstrate BNSF’s Vision and Values through their integrity, dedication and commitment to working safely and efficiently to meet the expectations of our customers and the communities we serve.”

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF’s shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. Learn more about BNSF at

–    from Andy Williams, BNSF

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