CHICAGO — (James Street Media Services)—The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS), one of five regional associations under the umbrella of the North American Rail Shippers Association, will host its Summer Meeting on Monday and Tuesday, July 8–9 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

The theme for the 2013 summer meeting is “Riding the Rails to Economic Recovery.” Speakers and presentations will explore a number of industry segments including housing, retail, energy, and short line railroads, as well as outlooks on the economy and legislation.

“The MARS semi-annual meetings are known for their timely topics and expert presenters—and this meeting will be no exception,” said MARS President Lisa Longtin. “We will have informative sessions, with time for networking and sharing ways to make our industry stronger.”

Monday’s schedule features the traditional Scholarship Golf Outing and reception. A full-day business meeting will follow on Tuesday. Networking tables will be available for distribution of company literature.

Location: Grand Geneva Resort, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI  53147, (262) 248-8811

Cost: Members $150; Non-members $175

Registration: Advance reservations are required for the conference and golf outing. Information is available:
• Online conference information and registration
• Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Phone: (630) 513-6700

About The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers

The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) is one of five regional North American associations under the North American Rail Shippers (NARS) national organization. Headquartered in the Chicago area, MARS provides an open forum for discussion and resolution of rail transportation issues by bringing railroads, shippers, receivers, and rail supply companies together twice annually for formal meetings in the Chicago area. To review our most recent meeting summaries and to inquire about MARS membership, please visit the MARS website at, and click on the Midwest tab.

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