NRC FirstLook 2021 continues January 13th, REGISTER TODAY!

On January 6, 2021, Mr. James A. Squires, Chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corp., joined us to kick-off NRC FirstLook 2021 as our live Fireside Chat webcast keynote executive. The webcast was hosted by NRC Chairman Jim Hansen, Chief Commercial Officer at Herzog, and NRC Vice Chairman Steve Bolte, Vice President of Business Development North America at Danella (group pictured left).

The event featured a terrific conversation amongst the hosts, followed by a great Q&A session. The group discussed a variety of topics throughout the chat, including challenges faced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, an industry outlook for 2021 for the network, and how NRC members can help support and partner with Class I railroads. A link of the presentation will be made available for registered attendees this month and will be sent to the email on file for the registration. If you have any questions about the Fireside Chat or the rest of the program, please email NRC staff at or click here to see the full NRC FirstLook 2021 program and agenda.
Thank you to our Fireside Chat NRC FirstLook 2021 Sponsors!
NRC FirstLook 2021 continues January 13th!

The Fireside Chat event kicked-off a month full of informative panels. Team NRC looks forward to a month of great panels and are happy to say that more panelists have been confirmed, including representatives from all seven of the Class I railroads for our finale webcast titled Class 1 Capital Program and Opportunities for Contractors and Suppliers Panel. All of this is possible thanks to the NRC FirstLook 2021 sponsors; to see a list of our sponsors please click here.

FirstLook 2021 Registration:
To register, please click here. You will have the opportunity to register for individual events or take advantage of the updated discounted bundle price of $300 for the three events if you’re an NRC member. Not a member and want to join to get the discounted bundle, access to early booth registration for the 2022 conference, and more? Join now by clicking here.

For questions regarding the agenda, registration, sponsorships, or anything else please reach out to NRC staff at or by phone at 202-975-0365.

SCAM ALERT: We ask FirstLook 2021 attendees to be vigilant of scams including any solicitations via email that offer hotel deals or FirstLook 2021 registration lists on behalf of the NRC. These groups are not affiliated with the NRC. Please check the NRC website or contact staff directly for the most up-to-date conference information. 
Want early access to reserve your booth for the 2022 NRC-REMSA Exhibition?

Are you interested in early access to booth reservation for the premier railroad networking event in the industry? If so, please be sure to register by clicking here for the NRC FirstLook 2021 Program in order to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity! Registered FirstLook 2021 attendees will receive a special link with early access to the 2022 floor plan in early January.

The exhibition will take place January 5-6, 2022 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ in conjunction with the 2022 NRC Conference, which will run January 5-8, 2022. As a reminder, each 8’x10’ exhibit space comes with one complimentary conference registration to the 2022 NRC Conference.
NRC 2020 Special Award Winners Announced

Railroad Construction Co. Wins NRC Large Project of the Year 
The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) has awarded the Railroad Construction Company, Inc. (RCC) with Large Project of the Year for its work on the $108-million Mid-Suffolk Electric yard project on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in Ronkonkoma, New York. The design-build project is part of the multi-billion-dollar LIRR Enhancement that will provide additional space to store, maintain, inspect, service and clean electric train cars. 

GeoStabilization International Wins NRC Small Project of the Year
The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) has awarded GeoStabilization International (GSI) with Small Project of the Year for its work on Union Pacific’s Mankato $2.8-million, 90.5 Permanent Landslide Repair project. When heavy rainfall saturated the soil along the hillside above Union Pacific railroad tracks near Mankato, Minnesota, the consequences were far greater than simply a landslide. Century-old graves in Minneopa Cemetery were positioned precariously along the failing hillside. Union Pacific called in GSI and engineering and design firm Olsson Associates for the emergency project.

Herzog’s Mickey Tomlin Wins NRC Field Employee of the Year
The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) has awarded its Field Employee of the Year to Herzog Vice President of Field Operations Mickey Tomlin. Mickey has been a champion of the railroad industry throughout his 41-year career, beginning in 1979 as a crewman with BNSF Railway and continuing into his current role as a leader on the signals and communications team with Herzog. “Mickey is a self-taught signal engineer whose knowledge has far surpassed his two-year apprentice training,” noted Herzog Senior Vice President of Central/East Regions Scott Norman in his award nomination. 

To read the official award announcements, please click here. If you would like to take a look at a brief video highlighting the award winners, please click here.
Many Thanks to our Primary Track and General Sponsors!
The NRC is a trade association representing businesses from across the nation in the rail construction and maintenance field. NRC members range in size from small family businesses to the largest companies in the industry. NRC members perform work for transit, commuter, intercity passenger, industrial, and freight rail customers, with services including track construction and maintenance, grade crossings, signal and communications installation, bridge construction and repair, rail yard work, and many more. The NRC strives to put an emphasis on rail safety and quality while proudly serving the rail industry