BENSON, Ariz., August 14, 2009—Arizona Railroad Group has changed its name to ARG Trans, effective July 1, 2009. “Our goal is to broaden our services beyond Arizona and expand logistical options for customers, such as transloading freight between rail cars and trucks,” said ARG Trans President Scott Parkinson. “Bottom line, we want to increase our rail and related transportation activities with other communities and businesses–particularly in the West.”
ARG Trans and its principal subsidiary, San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad (SPSR), date to 2003, when SPSR was acquired from RailAmerica.
SPSR connects with Union Pacific’s Chicago-Los Angeles main line at Benson and extends seven miles to Curtiss, Ariz. SPSR also provides switching service for UP customers at Willcox, Ariz.
San Pedro & Southwestern’s chief sources of traffic are agricultural chemicals, feed grains and building products. In addition, SPSR operates a transload facility at Benson serving regional businesses in southeast Arizona.
Scott Parkinson has been president and chief executive officer since January 1, 2008 and serves as general manager of the San Pedro & Southwestern. A former New Mexico and Oregon commercial aviation executive, Parkinson is a certified locomotive engineer and holds a BS in hotel and restaurant administration from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of New Mexico. He is a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
David Parkinson will continue as chairman and a director. He is founder and former chairman of the Arizona & California, California Northern, and Puget Sound & Pacific railroads.