Cathy Smith to Retire After 18-Year Railroad Career

Cathy Smith, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has announced she will retire effective May 31, 2021, after an 18-year career in railroading. Over the years she held various management positions within IAIS including Controller, VP of Finance and Accounting, and most recently, V.P. and Chief Financial Officer. Cathy also served as the Secretary for … [Read More]

RDC forms partnership with iCON Infrastructure

Partnership positions Iowa Interstate Railroad as “A Platform for Growth” For Immediate Release RDC forms partnership with iCON Infrastructure Partnership positions Iowa Interstate Railroad as “A Platform for Growth” Railroad Development Corporation (“RDC”) of Pittsburgh, PA, has today entered into a strategic partnership with iCON Infrastructure, pursuant to which iCON Infrastructure Partners V (“iCON V”) … [Read More]

Iowa Interstate Railroad, LTD opens the William J. Duggan Bridge for rail traffic

Booneville, Iowa – The Iowa Interstate Railroad, LTD (IAIS) opened the new William J. Duggan Bridge in Booneville, IA to freight rail traffic on June 30, 2020. This new, state-of-the-art structure crosses the Raccoon River west of Des Moines, IA and replaces a 119-year-old through truss bridge. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) funded half of … [Read More]

Valued Iowa Interstate Customers and Partners,

March 16, 2020 Valued Iowa Interstate Customers and Partners, As the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues, I want to let each of you know that Iowa Interstate Railroad is watching the situation closely and engaged in business continuity preparation and planning.   As of this writing, we are open for business and have no plans … [Read More]

OLI receives renewed Posner Foundation funding

Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI) has received renewed grant funding for its rail safety education efforts in 2020 from the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh, the rail safety group announced earlier this week. The grant will continue and expand the support of rail safety projects and initiatives that the Posner Foundation helped to fund in 2019. “The … [Read More]

New Rail Tank Cleaning Operation in Durant, Iowa Earns Kosher Wash Certification

For Immediate Release Twin State Environmental has opened Raptor® Tank Cleaning Services, a Railcar Cleaning facility for tank cars and hopper cars located in Durant, Iowa on the Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) with connections to all US Class 1 carriers.  This new operation features the Raptor® Tank Cleaning System eliminating human confined space tank entry … [Read More]

Iowa Interstate Railroad Supports Adoption of USMCA

Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) President and CEO, Joe Parsons said, “IAIS has conferred with customers in Iowa and Illinois to evaluate the impacts of the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on their business and on economic opportunities in the communities we serve.  Based on those conversations, IAIS is supportive of the enactment of USMCA.” “Iowa Interstate … [Read More]

GE Transportation, Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) Announce Locomotive Order

Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of RDC Domestic Holdings Corporation, an affiliate of Railroad Development Corporation of Pittsburgh, PA) announced today it will acquire three new Evolution™ Series locomotives from GE Transportation. The locomotives will be produced in early 2020 and used to transport grains, ethanol, metals and more across Iowa Interstate’s … [Read More]

Joe Parsons Promoted to President and CEO

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September 21, 2018; Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd. announces the promotion of Joe Parsons from General Manager to President and CEO of the Iowa Interstate Railroad. Joe Parsons joined Iowa Interstate in September of 2013 as Chief Operating Officer; he was promoted to General Manager in 2017. As President and CEO, Parsons is … [Read More]

Watco Partners with IAIS to Develop the Council Bluffs Terminal

Watco has partnered with the regional railroad Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) to develop the Council Bluffs Terminal in Iowa. The terminal is served by the Iowa Interstate Railroad and has access to all Class I carriers as well as easy access to I-80 and I-29. Commodities handled at the terminal include lumber, steel, shingles, ethanol, … [Read More]