Union Pacific, Omaha, Neb., acquired Railex LLC’s refrigerated and cold storage distribution assets in Delano, Calif.; Wallula, Wash.; and Rotterdam, N.Y. The acquisition does not include Railex Wine Services LLC.        

Railex, a refrigerated rail service and third-party logistics leader based in Riverhead, N.Y., plays a key role in Union Pacific’s Food Network transporting fruits, vegetables and other temperature-sensitive cargo across the United States.

“The Railex team developed a fantastic business changing how fresh food arrives on America’s tables, offering food shippers fast, reliable door-to-door rail-based transportation solutions,” says Brad Thrasher, vice president and general manager – agricultural products. “The integration of their highly efficient cross dock facilities and logistics capabilities into Union Pacific's broader Food Network allows us to offer our customers increased access to a wider range of capacity and service solutions in a rail-centric cold chain.”

Union Pacific Food Trains directly serve Railex’s Delano and Wallula facilities, located in the heart of major agricultural production regions. Railex will continue managing facilities during the transition and integration of its operations with Union Pacific.