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Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, BNSF Railway operates one of the largest railroad networks in North America. This network covers the western two-thirds of the United States. BNSF plays a vital role in the U.S. economy, hauling the products consumers use every day and the raw materials manufacturers need to make those products.

BNSF's history dates back more than 160 years to 1849, when the 12-mile Aurora Branch Railroad was founded in Illinois. Over the next several decades many additional rail lines were built and eventually became part of what is today's BNSF Railway. Some of BNSF’s major predecessor railroad were Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Burlington Northern; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; Frisco; Great Northern; Northern Pacific and Spokane, Portland & Seattle.

BNSF was created on September, 1995, from the merger of Burlington Northern Inc. (parent company of Burlington Northern Railroad) and Santa Fe Pacific Corporation (parent company of the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe Railway). On February 12, 2010, BNSF became a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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Bowie Resource Partners

Bowie Resource Partners, LLC operates three underground coal mines in Utah with a productive capacity of approximately 12.6 million tons per year. Our mines are located in the Uinta Basin in Utah within the Western Bituminous region where a significant percentage of the coal qualifies as ‘‘compliance coal’’ under the Clean Air Act. Our operations were among the most productive underground coal mines in the United States for the year ended December 31, 2014 on a clean tons produced per man hour basis based on MSHA data and, according to Wood Mackenzie, we are one of the largest producers of low-cost, high margin thermal coal in the Western Bituminous region.

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CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's network spans 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states, District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX connects more than 240 shortline railroads and over 70 ocean, river and lake ports.

CSX provides service from the largest number of active coal origins in the eastern United States, and our car fleet readily supports a variety of loading and unloading systems for coal and coal-related products including metallurgical coke and iron ore. To learn more about CSX please visit

Norfolk Southern

As a leading transportation provider, Norfolk Southern operates 20,000 route miles in 22 states and D.C., supports international trade with service to every major Eastern seaport, 10 river ports, and nine lake ports, and operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East.

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SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With over 75,000 employees, SGS operates a network of about 1,500 laboratories around the world.

SGS Minerals Services Division is the global leader in coal, coke, fertilizer and minerals testing. SGS' Minerals Services Division provides support to its clients both as strategic partner and technical advisor. Through our global network of operations and laboratories, we deliver a broad spectrum of independent Quality & Quantity Inspection Services for the value chains associated with coal and coke, bio fuels, non-ferrous metals and minerals, steel and steelmaking raw materials, fertilizers, cement, industrial minerals, as well as geochemical and metallurgical materials.

SGS Minerals Services provides Risk Management Services designed to mitigate risk and protect our client's investments. These include collateral management services, feasibility studies and quality/quantity guarantees on bulk cargoes.

SGS Minerals Services provides complete Outsource Solutions, from the installation and operation of mechanical sampling and on-line analysis systems to the management and operation of on-site laboratories.

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Southern Company

With 4.4 million customers and nearly 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks and designated a 2013 Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company received the Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings.

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Union Pacific

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America’s most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad Company (Railroad) connects 23 states in the Western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2005-2014, Union Pacific invested more than $31 billion in its network and operations to support America’s transportation infrastructure. The railroad’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal and service to Mexico markets. We combine excellent customer service with innovation, technology and capital investment to deliver the goods American businesses and consumers use daily. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to Eastern gateways, connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner. For additional information, visit



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