Champion Sponsors
Share |


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.

For additional information, visit

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.

For additional information visit

Peabody   is the world's largest private-sector coal company. The company is also a leading voice in advocating for sustainable mining, energy access and clean coal technologies.Peabody serves metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on five continents.

For additional information, visit .


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.

For additional information, visit

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