Detroit may still be the epicenter of automotive manufacturing but if you need evidence of where the trend in production in North America is headed, look no further than the Southeast United States.
BNSF Railway’s Matt Rose says the rail business and the U.S. economy run on parallel tracks. In 2006, the rail business reached a record high. In 2009 – the height of the Great Recession – rail hit an all-time low, losing 26 percent of all units carried. 2010 saw an increase of about 10 percent, and 2011 is tracking about a 5 percent increase, though the econd half of the year has been much slower.