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Tealinc Announces Organizational Structure Changes in Three Top Line Divisions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…
Contact: Julie Mink
Phone Number: (720) 733-9922
Email: julie@tealinc.com

January 27, 2021

Tealinc, Ltd. Announces Organizational Structure Change

Forsyth, MT – Tealinc, Ltd. (“Tealinc”), a railcar operating lessor, rail transportation manager, rail transportation consultant, and railcar broker, is excited to announce a fundamental change in its organization structure.

“To best support our clients ever-evolving rail transportation needs, we are revamping our companies’ organizational structure by designating three distinct leads for each of our divisions. I am confident that these changes will further empower our team to provide exemplary service to our new, existing, and returning customers. Furthermore, the new organizational structure will evoke better internal partnership. These changes represent a significant step toward in streamlining our holistic approach to rail transportation focused on the asset needs and service needs of our customers. This new structure will enable us to allocate resources and personnel expediently as industry conditions dictate” said Julie Mink, Tealinc, Ltd. president.

To support Tealinc customer business needs, the company is reinforcing its leadership in these three top-line divisions:

  • Kristen Kempson, Director – Marketing & Sales. Kristen remains focused on marketing Tealinc company brand, supporting customer equipment needs (buy/sell/lease/trade) and facilitating new business development.
  • Shannon Rodgers, Director – Operations. Shannon will continue leading management of Tealinc owned and managed rail assets to support our customers long-term and short-term rail shipping needs.
  • Yvonne Lufborough, Director – Finance & Administration. Yvonne will continue to lead Tealinc financial reporting including customer escrow accounting, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Impact to customers

Existing and new lessees, purchasing customers and trading partners will continue to find exceptional customer support through Tealinc. Requests for rail assets will remain the focus of Kristen Kempson. Requests for fleet management services will remain the focus of Shannon Rodgers. Management of financial accounting will remain the focus of Yvonne Lufborough.

Impact to vendors and suppliers

Tealinc remains focused on growing its privately owned rail equipment fleet which continues to be designed around its customers specific rail logistics needs. Contacts looking to sell assets should work directly with Julie Mink, Tealinc-President, or Kristen Kempson. Contacts looking to explore preventative railcar maintenance, cycle-time reporting or other means to stay competitive when it comes to rail logistics and rail shipping should contact Shannon Rodgers. Contacts requiring help with escrow account balances, accounts payable and accounts receivable should contact Yvonne Lufborough.

About Tealinc, Ltd.

Tealinc, Ltd. solves rail transportation challenges. Tealinc is a railcar operating lessor, rail transportation manager, rail transportation consultant, and railcar broker. Tealinc private rail fleet includes is specially designed and tailored to best meet Tealinc’s diverse and unique customer base.

Tealinc, Ltd. structure is more of a tactical and boutique approach to rail focused on niche industry shippers, receivers and railroads who may be new to rail or unfamiliar with private rail equipment, are looking for personalized customer support or who are looking for help in staying competitive within rail logistics.  Tealinc focuses on assisting customers not only in acquiring and leasing private equipment but also in marketing, selling, leasing and assessing their private rail fleet. 

 Contact Tealinc at www.tealinc.com

Why Inspecting Rail Equipment is Not Just for Railroads: "Boots on the Ground" - By Darell Luther Published in the January 2021 Waste Advantage Magazine

Darell Luther, Tealinc’s Founder & CEO Contributes Another Article to Waste Advantage (view the January 2021 Waste Advantage Magazine edition

Why Inspecting Rail Equipment is Not Just for Railroads: “Boots on the Ground”

Railroads are ever pushing the envelope on asset use. It is partially up to you as a railcar lessee, rail shipper and railcar user to fill in the gap to ensure your shipments get transported in a safe and mechanically sound railcar.

-Darell Luther

Rail equipment is mechanical by design. A good mechanic will tell you anything mechanical is a just a repair waiting to happen. The constant wear from being transported around the country in different climatic conditions, different handling modes and different loading and unloading situations does cause wear on railcars.  Running repair items such as wheels, brake shoes, air hoses, couplers, draft system, car cushioning units, etc. all wear out over time and use and even quicker under abusive conditions. Abusive conditions occur more often than you think. When tracking the movement of a railcar across the country from northern minus 20-degree dry winter days to southern 70-degree muggy winter temperatures are all causes of mechanical impediments. Inundations of rain, snow, saltwater, ice and heat will all cause mechanical problems over time.

In the quest to go faster, farther and cheaper the rail transport industry is trending towards skipping an important component of providing a safe and efficient supply chain. That is the railcar inspection process conducted on the ground. While hopeful electronic gadgetry will do some of the work, e.g. Kips wheel impact load detectors (WILD), truck hunting detectors (THD) and other component wear detectors in testing or in process of being developed, there is not a substitute for boots on the ground inspections.

“Boots on the Ground”

We have seen two significant cases where one party thought the other was doing the inspections and neither was doing them. In this case, the company that actually leased the railcars did not have any idea of what was or was not being done because their lease was a full-service lease. The pending result was the potential bad order of an entire unit train which was narrowly avoided. In this case saving significant product cost delays built into the company sales contract. In another case we caught the indiscretion because we proactively manage the fleet. It could have resulted in a significant number of railcars being bad ordered while in route causing a costly supply chain disruption for the shipper.

Following is some “boots on the ground” guidance from the folks at the Association of American Railroad (AAR) and others in the industry that have a regular inspection routine.

 

Item Description
Car Body Inspect the car body for broken, damaged or missing hand holds, sill steps, cross over platforms, roof damage and corrosion, roof platforms, holes in the body that would leak product.  Close and secure doors on boxcars, close and secure hatch covers, close gates and inspect door pans for damage.  Inspect top chords, side stakes and side sills for damage.  Inspect flat cars for appropriate camber.
Wheels & Bearings Inspect wheels for obvious slid marks, spauling or shelling, high flange or thin flange.  Inspect bearings to insure they don’t spin on the axle and aren’t leaking grease.  Once a quarter run EHMS for the cars to ensure compliance with KIPS results.
Brake Mechanism Inspect the brake shoes for wear.  If excessively worn, roughly ½” tread remaining, replace with 2” high frictions shoes.  Inspect hand brake and brake levers for general operation.  Inspect brake hoses for wear and compliance with hose dates.  Once a quarter run the EHMS for the cars to ensure compliance with air brake test date requirements.
Trucks Check the truck spring group for broken or missing springs.  Railcars that have snubbers need to be inspected for leakage.  Observe truck shoe height to gage truck shoe height compliance. Inspect truck side bearings – roller and constant contact – for excessive wear.
Couplers, Yoke and Draft A quick inspection of the coupler for bypass situations, broken, bent, missing or general wear will suffice.  Also look for evidence of excessive force in coupling by inspecting the striking plate for evidence of damage.  Be sure the draft key is in place and the yoke doesn’t show evidence of cracking.

While it is not necessary to be as thorough as we have outlined every time a railcar rolls in to be loaded, it would pay dividends to get this involved at least once a quarter.  Modified inspections should at least cover safety items such as brake shoes, hand holds, cross over platforms and hand brake wheel operations.

Waste and Scrap Transportation

As a member of the waste industry you should be seeing some recovery of rail shipments.  According to the Associations of American Railroads the waste and nonferrous scrap business has been trending up over the past 30 weeks topping out in November 2020 at around 4,200 originated rail carloads per week.  That means more railcars and trains hauling waste and nonferrous scrap.  This uptick in business may catch some shippers unawares of the mechanical requirements of their rail fleets.  Do not be lulled into complacency, inspect those railcars.

Railroads are ever pushing the envelope on asset use. It is partially up to you as a railcar lessee, rail shipper and railcar user to fill in the gap to ensure your shipments get transported in a safe and mechanically sound railcar.

Darell Luther is CEO and founder of Tealinc, Ltd. (Forsyth, MT), specializing in rail transportation solutions and solving rail transportation challenges. Darell has also been President of DTE Rail and DTE Transportation Services Inc., President and co-founder of Fieldston Transportation Services LLC, President and founder of Focus Transportation Services, Managing Director of Coal and Unit Trains for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and has had Directors positions in marketing, fleet management and integrated network management at the Burlington Northern Railroad. Darell has nearly 32 years of rail, truck, barge and vessel transportation experience mostly concentrated in bulk commodity and containerized shipments. Darell’s vast comprehension of the logistics chain, phenomenal leadership skills, industry knowledge and ability to think creatively has propelled Tealinc’s dynamic success. He can be reached at (406) 347-5237 or via e-mail at darell@tealinc.com.

For more information about leasing or buying railcars or any other rail transportation related issue, call (720) 733-9922 or e-mail webmail@tealinc.com.

Yvonne Lufborough joins Tealinc team as the Manager Value Creation- Finance & Administration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…
Contact: Julie Mink
Phone Number: (720) 733-9922
Email: julie@tealinc.com

Yvonne Lufborough Joins Tealinc, Ltd. in Miles City, MT Office

Forsyth, MT – Tealinc, Ltd. (“Tealinc”), a railcar operating lessor, rail transportation manager, rail transportation consultant, and railcar broker, is excited to announce that Yvonne Lufborough has joined the Tealinc team as the Manager Value Creation – Finance & Administration (MVCFA).  Yvonne will be based in the Tealinc Miles City, MT office and will assume daily responsibilities of the current CFO, Tammy Luther. Tammy Luther will remain CFO at Tealinc and will continue to oversee the financial success of Tealinc.

“We are elated to have Yvonne join the Tealinc team,” said Julie Mink, Tealinc – President. “Yvonne has worked in a supportive role to Tealinc for years as an accountant and bringing her on board full-time is an exciting step forward for Tealinc. Yvonne’s expertise in accounting will not only add to the daily accounting practices of Tealinc but will also facilitate a new layer of strategic planning that will be beneficial for Tealinc customers and Tealinc stakeholders.”

Yvonne was born and raised in Miles City, MT where she attended Montana State University-Bozeman and obtained her accounting degree in May of 2002.  Yvonne worked in private accounting until becoming a public accountant in December of 2006.  She became a Certified Public Accountant in 2012.  She worked as a tax accountant until joining Tealinc full-time in July of 2020.

Yvonne’s husband, Beau, is a local contractor and they have three children Ryder, Dakota and Charley. In their spare time they enjoy spending time camping, fishing and playing at Hell Creek State Park on Fort Peck Lake in the summer.

Tealinc, Ltd. is a railcar operating lessor, rail transportation manager, rail transportation consultant, and railcar broker. Tealinc private rail fleet includes both railcars and locomotives and is specially designed and tailored to best meet Tealinc’s diverse and unique customer base.

Tealinc, Ltd. structure is more of a tactical and boutique approach to rail focused on niche industry shippers, receivers and railroads who may be new to rail or unfamiliar with private rail equipment, are looking for personalized customer support or who are looking for direction in rail best practices.  Tealinc focuses on assisting customers not only in acquiring and leasing private equipment but also in marketing, selling, leasing and assessing their private rail fleet. 

 Contact Tealinc at www.tealinc.com

Tealinc, Ltd. Launches New Website - Hosting a Raffle to Win a Visa Gift Card and more...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…
Contact: Julie Mink
Phone Number: (720) 733-9922
Email: julie@tealinc.com

Forsyth, MT – Tealinc, Ltd. (“Tealinc”) has launched a new website at www.tealinc.com to further engage with new and existing customers, rail shippers, investors and vendors. The new website holds a listings of railcars available for sale, lease or trade; provides a platform for selling railcars to Tealinc or engaging Tealinc in marketing your idle assets; provides an introduction to our rail fleet management and consulting services; offers an answer to the question “Why Tealinc?”; offers an interactive timeline and history of Tealinc; grants access to our industry coveted newsletter; allows visitors to meet and engage with our team and furnishes customer testimonials.

We’re throwing a Website Launch Party now through May 15, 2020. To encourage visitor interaction, we are throwing a raffle and will be awarding 18 prizes! Anyone who signs up through our new Contact Us page will be entered into a raffle and 18 winners will be selected at random on May 15, 2020. Winners will be individually notified and prizes will be mailed to the winner’s address.

Raffle prizes include a Visa gift card and Tealinc Swag Bag filled with Tealinc merchandise to include coffee, tea, mug, flashlight, multi-tool, hat, shirt and/or safety vest.

  • One winner will receive: $250 Visa Gift Card & Tealinc Swag Bag
  • Two winners will receive: $100 Visa Gift Card & Tealinc Swag Bag
  • Five winners will receive:   $50 Visa Gift Card & Tealinc Swag Bag
  • Ten winners will receive:   $25 Visa Gift Card and Tealinc Swag Bag

 Tealinc, Ltd. is a railcar operating lessor, rail transportation manager, rail transportation consultant, and railcar broker. Tealinc private rail fleet includes is specially designed and tailored to best meet Tealinc’s diverse and unique customer base.  Tealinc’s structure is more of a tactical and boutique approach to rail focused on niche industry shippers, receivers and railroads who may be new to rail or unfamiliar with private rail equipment, are looking for personalized customer support or who are looking for direction in rail best practices.  Tealinc focuses on assisting customers not only in acquiring and leasing private equipment but also in marketing, selling, leasing and assessing their private rail fleet.

 Contact Tealinc at www.tealinc.com

Julie Mink “Progressive Railroading” Rising Star 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…
Contact: Darell Luther
Phone Number: (406) 347-5237
Email: Darell@tealinc.com

On March 31, 2017, Progressive Railroading announced that twenty people were chosen for recognition as the 2017 “Rising Stars” of the North American railroad industry. Tealinc, Ltd. is pleased to announce that among the twenty chosen is Tealinc President, Julie Mink. Below is an excerpt from this announcement found on Progressive Railroading website.

“This is the fifth year that Progressive Railroading has sponsored the Rising Stars Awards program. The magazine defines a Rising Star as someone under the age of 40 who has made, or is making, a positive impact on his or her company, organization, department or team, and is viewed by others — peers, colleagues, supervisors, clients or associates — as an up-and-coming leader in the rail industry.

During a nomination process that lasted several months, Progressive Railroading readers submitted a record number of nominations — more than 220 — of individuals who work for Class Is, regionals, short lines, passenger railroads, transit agencies, government agencies, academic institutions, engineering firms and suppliers.

This year’s 20 honorees were chosen based on their contributions to the railroad industry, career achievements, demonstrated leadership, professional association activity or community involvement. Their stories will be profiled on ProgressiveRailroading.com this summer and published in the magazine’s September issue.

In addition, the 2017 Rising Stars will be recognized at a dinner to be held July 23 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis during the American Association of Railroad Superintendents‘ 2017 Annual Meeting.”

Congratulations Julie!

Darell Luther Featured as Columnist In National Publication for Showcasing his "Waste-By-Rail" Knowledge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…

Contact: Darell Luther
Phone Number: (406) 347-5237
Email: Darell@tealinc.com

Tealinc, Ltd. CEO Featured as Columnists in National Publication
Darell Luther showcase rail expertise as contributor and columnist to leading industry magazine

Forsyth, MT– Tealinc, Ltd. CEO Darell Luther has been featured as a columnist within the popular industry magazine Waste Advantage with a monthly column featured under the title of “Waste-by-Rail”. Mr. Luther’s articles showcase his extensive rail knowledge and expertise and highlight the application within the waste industry. While the articles focus on issues related to rail transportation within the waste industry, readers will find the material applicable to varying additional industries.

We invite you to read the monthly articles by clicking the links below.

2017 Articles:

Click here to read 2014 Waste Advantage Archives

Click here to read 2013 Waste Advantage Archives

Click here to read 2012 Waste Advantage Archives

Darell Luther is Founder and CEO of Forsyth, MT-based Tealinc, Ltd., a rail transportation solutions and railcar leasing company. Darell’s career includes positions as president of Tealinc, Ltd., President of DTE Rail and DTE Transportation Services Inc., Fieldston Transportation Services LLC, managing director of coal and unit trains for Southern Pacific Railroad and director’s positions in marketing, fleet management and integrated network management at Burlington Northern Railroad. Darell has more than 24 years of rail, truck, barge and vessel transportation experience concentrated in bulk commodity and containerized shipments. Darell can be reached at (406) 347-5237, via e-mail at darell@tealinc.com or visit www.tealinc.com.

Tealinc Announces Partnership With D.A. International Casting Company

Forsyth, MT – Tealinc, Ltd. is excited to announce a partnership with D.A. International Casting Company on the Rapid-Release Cam Lock Assembly. D.A. International’s Rapid-Release system is the most advanced manual door lock system specially designed to allow one person operation from either side of the car. This system assures that unloading open top hopper cars is easier, safer and more efficient.

“This new partnership with Tealinc Ltd. offers an exciting new opportunity for D.A. International Casting Company,” said David Kerrigan, President and CEO of D.A. International Casting Co. “We are delighted to be working with this major leasing company to offer the most advanced manual dumping system on the market.”

Tealinc integrated the Rapid-Release system on it’s 4000 cube, steel bodied, manual discharge hopper and can be made available for lease or for sale. See the ad here.

The Rapid-Release system is designed using the same technology as the proven single door cam lock system, but requires fewer parts than that of a pair of single door cam locks. With one cam lock system, a pair of hopper doors can be operated from either side of the rail car by one person. It is easy to install on new or existing conventional hopper cars since it features standard mounting hole locations.

 

Press Release Also Found on the D.A. International Castings Co. website.

Tealinc Ad “Featured Product” in Pit & Quarry Magazine

Here at Tealinc, Ltd., we are honored to provide rail transportation solutions to various industries moving today’s freight. Our recent ad highlighting our 2300 Cube Open Top Hoppers was listed as  a Featured Product and was showcased as the Equipment of The Day within the popular online version of the Pit & Quarry Magazine on August 9, 2012.

See Tealinc, Ltd. in Aggregates Manager Magazine

Tealinc, Ltd. is proud to be featured within the leading industry magazine Aggregates Manager. The ad showcases Tealinc, Ltd. services, industry expertise and knowledge and provides direct contact information.

See Our Full Ad in Aggregates Manager today!

Tealinc Launches New Website

Tealinc, Ltd. is excited to announce the launch of it’s new website. Our new website focuses on customer ease of use. Customer applications include:

  • Easy Navigation of Railcar and Locomotive Postings Complete with Our Featured “Great Deals” selections
  • Details on our Transportation Management Services
  • An Overview and Samples of Our Consulting Projects
  • Updated News & Education Section Including our Newsletter, Press Releases and Customer Oriented Updates Section
  • Biographies and Letters of Recommendation For Our Team

Visit our new website at: www.tealinc.com

Stay informed! Each month we send to our prospective and current customers our newsletter, Class I and AAR updates, and railcar and locomotive listings.