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TexAmericas Center hires GM to oversee and expand its rail operations

by From Staff Reports | October 13, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

NEW BOSTON, Texas -- TexAmericas Center has hired Darrell Thompson, a railroad industry veteran with three decades of experience, as general manager of Railroad and Transload Operations.

This is a new position for TAC, aimed to further expand railroad and transload operations -- the transfer of goods from one transportation mode to another.

Thompson first starting in the rail yards after high school. He brings with him experience in operations, safety management and project management.

Texarkana is his hometown.

"The thing that always excites me in my career is the challenges – the success and thrill that comes with getting from point A to point B," he said. "To be able to do that for TexAmericas Center and create jobs and growth for my hometown region will be a highlight for me."

Formerly, Thompson worked as a chief operating officer, director of operations, general manager, and held other positions at multiple organizations. He also worked in Australia for two years on an international venture, developing and creating safety and operational protocols.

Earlier this year TexAmericas Center was awarded a $864,550 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration to construct new rail facilities and refurbish those in use. This is expected to create more than 150 jobs and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in private investment.

"Darrell knows every aspect of the rail and transload industry," said CEO/Executive Director Scott Norton. "His wealth of knowledge and expertise will help ensure TexAmericas Center is serving our tenants, operators, and community to the best of our ability."

(TexAmericas Center is a sprawling business complex located about 20 miles west of Texarkana and near New Boston, Texas.)

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