December 22, 2014

Intermodal class draws a crowd

Strings of empty shipping container well cars sit under the five large production cranes at the BNSF Railway’s new Kansas City InterModal Facility (KCIMF) in readiness for the opening of the huge complex in coming days. Construction on the intermodal center began 2-1/2 years ago. The facility will add to the employment base in the area and is expected to attract a few thousand additional jobs in the area within the next 10 to 20 years as the result of expected new warehouse distribution centers. Submitted photo by Larry Byers

Strings of empty shipping container well cars sit under the five large production cranes at the BNSF Railway’s new Kansas City InterModal Facility (KCIMF) in readiness for the opening of the huge complex in coming days. Construction on the intermodal center began 2-1/2 years ago. The facility will add to the employment base in the area and is expected to attract a few thousand additional jobs in the area within the next 10 to 20 years as the result of expected new warehouse distribution centers. Submitted photo by Larry Byers

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
A huge crowd turned out for the third session of Edgerton’s “Intermodal 101” on Sept. 23, at Edgerton Elementary School.
This session focused on employment opportunities that will be created by the soon to be opening of the BNSF Intermodal facility in Edgerton.
Several speakers addressed the audience on matters such as how to prepare for a job interview, the continuing education program at Johnson County Community College (JCCC), job opportunities and the hiring procedure at BNSF, and a BNSF truck driving training class.
Jeff Davis, BNSF representative, explained that the hiring process for BNSF is very competitive and strict, with many applicants for each position available. He added that applicants must apply online for each position. But, he also pointed out that BNSF will not hire many people specifically for the Edgerton intermodal facility.
Representatives from the truck driving industry commented that there is a big need for truck drivers in today’s job market.
The types of jobs supporting Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC), are BNSF and contracting jobs, warehouse and logistics, truck drivers, service industry, and employer services jobs.
The next “Intermodal 101” session will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, at Edgerton Elementary School. This session will focus on transportation and infrastructure surrounding the intermodal facility.
For more information on BNSF job opportunities, go to www.bnsf.com/careers.

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