The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 11, 2013

North Carolina Railroad Company board elects new officers


Monday, November 11, 2013 — RALEIGH, NC -- The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) Board of Directors has elected Duane Long of Raleigh as Board Chairman, and Franklin Rouse Jr. of Leland as Vice Chairman.  Mr. Long will succeed John L. Atkins III, of Durham, who had served as Chairman since 2009. Mr. Atkins will continue to serve as a member of the Board.


Mr. Long, who has served on the NCRR Board since 2011, is chairman of Longistics, a full-service provider of global logistics solutions, headquartered in Raleigh.  He and his wife, Pat, started the company in 1984, providing trucking, warehousing and Foreign Trade Zone management operations.  A technological pioneer in the transportation industry, Longistics’ truck fleet was one of the first to have satellite tracking. The firm also has developed sophisticated software for inventory control and Internet tracking.


“It is an honor to be elected to serve the great State of North Carolina, as Chairman of the NCRR,” Mr. Long said.

“Together as a team, with President Scott Saylor, the staff of the NCRR, Vice Chairman Rouse and my fellow board members, we will work diligently to develop the unique assets of the NCRR for the good of the people of North Carolina.”


Mr. Long is active in local, state, and national business and transportation organizations, currently serving as second vice chairman of the American Trucking Associations. He has served as chairman of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and as co-chair of the Regional Transportation Alliance. He is on the boards of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, and the N.C. China Center. He is chairman emeritus of the North Carolina Trucking Association Foundation, and is past chairman of the North Carolina Trucking Association.


Mr. Rouse has served on the NCRR Board since 2011. He is a graduate of NC State University.  He is president of Rouse Insurance Agency, Inc. of Leland, and is active in a variety of Brunswick County business organizations including the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, and the Brunswick County Parks & Recreation.


“The North Carolina Railroad Company has been one the state’s greatest and most unique assets for 165 years,” Mr. Rouse said.

“At a time when two of North Carolina’s biggest challenges are job growth and mobility limitations, much is and should be expected of the NCRR.  We are poised to support North Carolina’s urgent and aggressive industrial and manufacturing development.”


The North Carolina Railroad Company owns and manages the 317-mile rail corridor extending from Morehead City to Charlotte. The railroad carries 60-plus freight trains and ten passenger trains daily. The NCRR strives to develop the unique railroad assets for the good of the people of North Carolina and continues to improve our state by enabling freight to grow business, expanding rail to move people, and investing in North Carolina.