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Faces of Freight Rail: Ken Cox


Director Of Network Planning
Kansas City Southern

3 years in the military
Stationed at Fort Sill, OK

After 20 years in the freight rail industry, Ken Cox knows three things:  winter is harder on locomotives than other seasons; North America’s rail infrastructure is critical for the continued delivery of goods and supplies to people; and hiring military vets is a slam dunk for the railroads. For Cox, who manages Canadian Pacific’s (CP) locomotive repair center in St. Paul, MN, the quality of vets hired is consistently high. “I’m really excited when I hire guys with a military background, because I know they’ve received extensive training,” he says. “Historically we’ve been keen on the military because of the caliber of people we get.” This reliable and experienced workforce helps keep CP’s locomotives delivering for the economy — regardless of the weather.

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