Oversize Cargo Keeps U.S. Production on Track

csxRailroad and trucking operators are hauling more oversize cargo, helping to keep U.S. manufacturing activity on track for growth.

Carrying “large, bulky items” via rail — including oil-production and exploration equipment, turbines and airplane fuselages — has become a “very interesting” segment of the transportation industry, said Walter Kemmsies, chief economist for Moffatt & Nichol Inc., a Long Beach, California-based infrastructure-advisory company. That’s because the U.S. has a competitive advantage making these types of products, and production is rising, he said.

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