Midwest Association of Rail Shippers

The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers is headquartered in the Chicago area. General membership comes from the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Its objective is to provide an open forum for resolving transportation and car supply problems, coupled with programs designed to educate and inform the membership in areas of railroad operating practices, new innovations in transportation and legislative matters. Meetings are held twice a year, in January and July. Dues are $25 per year.


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JULY 14TH & 15TH, 2014
Please set aside the dates of July 14 and 15 to attend the 243st meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva WI. Our early highlight presenters are David Altig, EVP and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Dan Mack, VP Rail Transportation and Terminal operations, CHS and Michael McClellan, VP- Industrial Products, Norfolk Southern Corporation. There will also be panels of railroads and rail customers discussing the causes and effects of rail service issues. There are many other keynote speakers invited.

As before, we will have our Scholarship Outing and reception on our first day, July 14, with our business meeting scheduled for a full day on July 15. The Scholarship Outing will be held at the Geneva National Resort. Lake Geneva, WI. The reception will be at the Grand Geneva Resort. Dress code is business casual. Networking tables will be available for distribution of your company’s information.

The hotel has allocated a block of rooms from July 13th through July 16th at a preferred rate of $148 for hotel guest rooms or, one bedroom suites or $248 for two bedroom suites at the Timber Ridge Lodge, on site. Other amenities are included for those staying at Timber Ridge, including a discount at the Spa and free access to the Water Park. There is a three day cancellation clause in our contract. Cutoff date for the preferred rate is June 13th. Our group rates are also available for three days prior and three days after our meeting, on a space available basis. If there is any problem with registrations, please call Christie Johnson at 262-249-4708. You can register for your hotel room online with links above.

For those of you that were unable to attend our meeting in January, we had an excellent program and speakers, resulting in attendance of 540 and very positive feedback. As information, MARS has awarded six scholarships for our 2013 – 2014 scholarship years.

Meeting and Golf registrations and membership application forms will also be available soon online -- click on Upcoming Meetings, and then click on Register Now.

We also are looking for sponsors for our programs and events. Thank you for your support.

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We look forward to seeing you in July.

Tom Tisa