CRANDIC is flourishing in our second century of service. Since 2005, dozens of major upgrades and investments totaling more than $55 million help ensure our future success:
Floods of 2008
Significant snowfall followed by persistent, heavy spring showers culminated in record floods in June 2008.
Flooding along the Cedar and Iowa Rivers caused widespread damage to CRANDIC’s infrastructure. Most notable was the June 12 collapse of the 105-year-old Cedar River Bridge in downtown Cedar Rapids. A critical connection to the CN and IANR Railroads, a new structure was built and officially opened July 6, 2009.
Throughout the flood recovery, our employees—some impacted personally—worked tirelessly to rebuild track and other vital infrastructure, and continue serving customers; a strong testament to the dedication of the CRANDIC team.
Bettering our Communities
Each day, CRANDIC focuses on providing the best service to our customers including some of the most well-known employers in the area (Cargill, Alliant Energy, Penford and International Paper).
CRANDIC’s largest customer, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), opened a $500 million dry corn-milling facility in June 2010. The partnership between our railroad and the world’s largest corn-processing plant is so strong, Argus Media presented CRANDIC with the 2011 Win-Win Award for its efforts to improve efficiency and service for the agricultural giant.
CRANDIC consistently teams up with area economic development groups and surrounding communities to bring additional industry and good-paying jobs to the greater Cedar Rapids area. We’re well positioned for the future and look forward to serving new customers and creating new opportunities that benefit all of east central Iowa.