NEWTON, IA – May 2, 2024 – Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) is proud to announce the groundbreaking of a cutting-edge Renewable Energy Distribution Center in Newton, Iowa. This milestone marks the company’s commitment to advancing clean energy infrastructure in the region. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 15th, at 10:00 AM at … [Read More]

Iowa Interstate Railroad, LLC honored as a 2024 VETS Indexes Recognized Employer

VETS Indexes is proud to announce that Iowa Interstate Railroad, LLC has earned the designation of VETS Indexes Recognized Employer in the 2024 VETS Indexes Employer Awards. The award recognizes the organization’s commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining, developing, and supporting veterans and the military-connected community. “The diligent efforts of Iowa Interstate Railroad, LLC to hire, … [Read More]

IAIS Chairman, Henry Posner III, Appointed to Inaugural Passenger Rail Advisory Committee at STB

Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin J. Oberman today announced that, with the approval of the Board, he has appointed members to the newly formed Passenger Rail Advisory Committee (PRAC).  The new members of the PRAC will advise the Board on issues impacting passenger rail service during their terms. “I am pleased that the Board received … [Read More]

Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh supports Operation Lifesaver Rail Safety Public Awareness Campaign

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Awards $220K for Rail Safety Public Awareness Campaigns in 11 States WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2024 – Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh today announced $220,000 in competitive rail safety awareness grants to Operation Lifesaver programs in 11 states. The … [Read More]

Eddie Brown to Retire After 46-Year Railroad Career

Eddie Brown, Locomotive Engineer and Conductor, has retired effective July 3, 2023, after a 46-year career in railroading!  Eddie began his railroad career for the Rock Island Railroad in July of 1977 working as a Clerk.  Eddie’s lack of seniority had him bumping around Illinois and Iowa; starting in Bureau, Illinois to Culver Tower in … [Read More]

Continued Collaboration to Provide for Passenger Rail Between Chicago and the Quad-Cities

With increased interest from recent media reports, Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) reiterates our long-standing commitment to and collaboration with local, state, and federal stakeholders to work towards reinstating passenger rail between Chicago and the Quad-Cities. We have always been and continue to be committed to working with IDOT to bring our 50 miles of freight … [Read More]


Cedar Rapids, IA – Iowa Interstate Railroad, LLC (IAIS) today announced its recent purchase of approximately 30 acres at Iowa City’s Industrial Campus to develop a new rail to truck transloading facility. The site, located on the southeast side of Iowa City and including an existing rail spur, connects to the 573-mile IAIS network, providing … [Read More]

IAIS Honors Bob Pietrandrea with Dedication of its Silvis Yard

Concurrent with the operation of a special train on October 18 honoring the retirement of Robert A “Bob” Pietrandrea from his position as President of Railroad Development Corp. (RDC), the Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) has taken the opportunity to name its Silvis yard in his honor. IAIS & RDC Chairman Henry Posner III commented, “While … [Read More]

IAIS Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Carrie Evans, Elected President of the Midwest Association of Rail Shipper

Cedar Rapids, IA – Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) is proud to announce that Carrie Evans, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, was elected as President of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) at the conclusion of their recent Winter Meeting in Lombard, IL.   Carrie had served as Vice President on the MARS Board of … [Read More]

IAIS Chairman Continues Support of Operation Lifesaver as it Celebrates 50th Anniversary!

Left: ASLRRA representatives (back row, L to R) Chuck Baker and Sarah Yurasko, along with (front row L to R) Crystal Gitchell and Jo Strang pose with ASLRRA member Henry Posner, III (top right) in front of an Amtrak locomotive commemorating Operation Lifesaver’s 50th anniversary. Strang, who is also OLI’s board chair, spoke at the … [Read More]