20 Dec 2017
Unnecessary repairs mean criminal fines for United Industries, the Progress Rail Services unit out of Long Beach. Federal investigators determined employees had chosen random cars for repairs in order to increase revenue, and later dumped the parts to conceal the evidence. United Industries has agreed to pay a $5 million fine after admitting to these criminal activities.
In other news, possible STB vacancies may lead to a lone member situation. Two seats were added in 2015; however, Chairman Dan Elliott resigned in September and Deb Miller’s term expires December 31. Should Miller vacate her seat in lieu of remaining for a holdover year, Ann Begeman would be the only member left until the White House fills the remaining seats.