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Everyday Business | Mucky-mucks meet mucky-mucks

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Execs with Quincy's Cold Train Express and shipping companies address the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday about the importance of the refrigerated rail line to the apple industrty. From left are Patrick Boss, Pat Connelly, Cole Jessup and Mike Durfee.

Mucky-mucks who use and operate the Port of Quincy’s intermodal terminal and the Cold Train Express met Tuesday with legislative mucky-mucks in Olympia to explain just how important the refrigerated rail line is to the state’s apple industry.

Organized by 12th District Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, the special work session gave the Quincy contingent a chance to talk about the Cold Train’s reliability, fuel efficiency, huge capacity and speed in getting fresh produce to 20 states in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

Addressing the House Transportation Committee were Port of Quincy Commissioner Patric Connelly, Port and Cold Train media rep Patrick Boss, Cole Jessup of Columbia Marketing International (a fruit company) and Mike Durfee of Diamond Logistics Northwest (a shipping company).

In case you’re not up to date on long-distance chilled shipping methods, the Cold Train Express is based in Quincy and runs about 400 refrigerated rail cars filled with mostly produce to eastern distribution hubs (Chicago, New York City, Jacksonville, Fla.).