TEGMA Newsletter
January 2012
In This Issue
2012 Annual Meeting
Car Seals Task Force
DeBruce/Gavilon Name Change
New APM Terminal
UP Celebrates 150th Anniversary
RFA: 5 Stories to Watch in 2012
Thank You Sponsors
Meeting Forecast

For those of you joining us in Scottsdale... things are looking bright!

Highs: 70s
Lows: 40s

Looks like golfing weather to us!
Annual Meeting 2012

Are you registered for the TEGMA 2012 Annual Meeting? Time is running out! 

Camelback Inn 

Camelback Inn  

Resort & Spa 

Scottsdale, AZ

January 26-27, 2012


Members: $545

Non Members: $775 


Click HERE to register now! 

TEGMA Leadership




Bob Knief

Bartlett & Company  Grain


First Vice Chairman

Todd McQueen

The Scoular Company


Second Vice Chairman

Mark Huston

Louis Dreyfus Commodities



Board of Directors


Greg Edelblute

Cereal Food Processors


Roger Fray

West Central Cooperative


Pete Goetzmann

ADM Grain Company


Barbara Haertling

BNSF Railway


Paul Hammes

Union Pacific


Brian Mehrmann

Gavilon Grain


J.L. (Joey) Meibergen III

W.B. Johnston Grain Co.


Tom Meyer

Kansas Grain Inspection Service






Bob Petersen


Director of Member Services 

Erica Venancio


Director of Communications

Abigail Hiles



Contact Info


TEGMA Office

P.O. Box 26426

Kansas City, MO 64196


Tel: (816) 569-4020

Fax: (816) 221-8189


Issue: Q1
January 13, 2012
TEGMA 2012 Annual Meeting
With winter weather finally on its way, what a better time to escape to sunny Scottsdale, AZ than for the 2012 TEGMA Annual Meeting, January 26-27 at the historic Camelback Inn & Resort.

TEGMA is looking forward to what is working out to be a record breaking meeting, featuring industry speakers, a topical panel, and celebrity banquet speaker, former Green Bay Packers quarterback, Lynn Dickey.

For an updated program, CLICK HERE.
For the most recent attendee list. CLICK HERE.

With the popularity of this year's event, TEGMA has oversold their room block at the Camelback. Many of you are booked at the neighboring Montelucia for your stay and we apologize for the inconvenience. However, TEGMA has arranged for transportation between the resorts. For more information, contact Erica Venancio, (816) 569-4020 or at erica.venancio@tegma.org.

Also, for those of you with accompanying spouses, there is a free transportation service from the resort to the local shops and restaurant district. For more information regarding the Resort Trolley, CLICK HERE.

See everyone in Scottsdale!
TEGMA Forms Rail Car Seals Task Force
TEGMA serves as a vehicle to surface issues among our members. When certain issues in the industry arise, TEGMA first addresses them in the Issues Committee, and then when appropriate, forms Task Forces to address them specifically.

The Rail Car Seals task force was the result of discussions regarding railcar seals at the last TEGMA Issues Committee meeting. Members of the committee are:
  • Jon Setterdahl, Farmers Cooperative Company (Chair)
  • Shane Berrett, Gavilon Grain
  • Joe Griffith, Bartlett Grain
  • Dustin Buntrock, South Dakota Wheat Growers
  • Greg Edelblute, Cereal Foods
  • Darren Winiski, Union Pacific
  • William Heileman, BNSF Railway
The committee has met via conference call in December and has another called planned prior to the Annual Meeting. Current issues being discussed in amongst the Task Force:

Cable Seals Difficult to Remove

Recent incidences across the US where shippers have received cars with heavy cable seals that require bolt cutters or other such devices to remove the seals. Such seals require extra resources and time, and most importantly reduces time for loading. However, industry standard plastic seals are too easily broken if present. 


Plastic Seals Failing to Stay Intact

Complaints have been received from receivers that the plastic seals are not arriving intact causing some receivers to reject cars.  It has been suggested that this is perhaps the reason that shippers have gone to the steel cable seals. The cost of changing to higher strength seals is almost 10 times as much. However, all agricultural carriers are required to have cable seals for claims purposes. 


Mexico Shipments

Reports that all cars going to Mexico have the top seals broken so that fumigation can be performed just prior to entering Mexico and cars are required to be sealed for security reasons prior to reentering the United States. The concern is that these actions are causing more cable seals to be arriving at shipper locations. Customs and Board Patrol is currently considering requiring returning cars to be sealed, but no such requirement is currently in place. 


Uniform Requirements Across All Carriers

All Class 1 carriers do not have the same requirements for cable seals making it impossible to comply with each carrier when the shipment is transferred between carriers. While uniformity would be desired, this may cause an overall tightening of the seal requirements. 


Receiver Burden

Placing cable seals on all shipments may also place a greater burden on receivers that must break these seals. Some may not have fall protection that would allow them to easily make the car ready to load as required. 


The Task Force is preparing a report on their current activities to provide to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting. The committee was also tasked with contacting other shippers and shuttle receivers to gain a wider perspective of the problem.



If you have any comments or concerns regarding the task force, or the current issues in discussion, please contact Abigail Hiles, abigail.hiles@tegma.org.
DeBruce/Gavilon Completes Name Change
One year after Gavilon's acquisition of the DeBruce Companies, the integration of operations and branding is complete with all companies being under the Gavilon name.

Effective January 1, 2012, DeBruce Grain Inc. and its subsidiaries will Gavilonmerge with Gavilon's operating entities. All personnel and operations will remain the same under the Gavilon name, however all companies under the DeBruce banner will now also carry Gavilon in the title.

APM Terminals Wins Lazaro Cardenas Bid

APM Terminals won the right to build and operate a deepwater container terminal at the Port of Lazaro Cardenas, a $900 million project central to the Mexican port's bid to compete for U.S. international shipments.


The company said in its announcement Thursday it will undertake a phased plan to design, finance and build an expansive facility, with the first phase to open in the first quarter of 2015 on 106 acres and including two berths.


When completed, the full site will take in 252 acres on the Pacific coast with four berths and nearly 5,000 feet of dock space. It also will include an on-dock railyard Mexico's port officials believe will be key to attracting container business going in and out of the United States.

To read the rest of the article, CLICK HERE.

Source: The Journal of Commerce
UP anniversary event: Video Remake Contest
As part of the launch of its 150th anniversary celebration website, Union Pacific Railroad says it will award more than $35,000 in prizes to the top entries that remake the company's classic 1970s television commercial, "We Can Handle It."
Video remake contestants can find information, rules, sheet music to the commercial's Great Big Rollin' Railroad theme song, and other resources at www.up150.com. Entry deadline is July 1, 2012, and UP logocontestants must be 18 years of age or older.

UP says rail enthusiasts, Abraham Lincoln fans, students, history buffs, and employees will enjoy visiting the railroad's interactive and resplendent historical timeline published at www.up150.com. Combining history and high-tech, the timeline highlights in detail 60 milestones in Union Pacific's history and features more than 100 photos from Union Pacific's archives.

RFA Gives 5 Stories to Watch for in 2012
The Renewable Fuels Association recently released its list of the top 5 stories concerning ethanol to watch for in 2012.

With the ethanol tax incentive left expired and the tariff on imported ethanol gone, the RFA's list raises interesting questions on the future of ethanol in the USA.

To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

TEGMA Thanks 2012 Annual Meeting SPONSORS
TEGMA would like to thank all the following sponsors for their continued support of TEGMA and its members.

Your generosity is always appreciated and our members thank you for all you do.

2012 Sponsors:
  GavilonChampaign   NIK

LD    UP logo
Arizona Grain   BNSF logo

***There is still time for your company logo to be included! Deadline for sponsorships is Thursday, January 19th. Contact Erica Venancio, (816) 569-4020 or erica.venancio@tegma.org to secure your sponsorship today!***