Union Pacific Corporation

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Union Pacific Corporation
Public
Traded as
Industry Transportation
Founded 1969 (1969)
Headquarters Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Area served
Western and Mid-Western United States
Key people
Revenue Increase US$21.240 billion (2017)[1]
Increase US$8.061 billion (2017)[1]
Increase US$10.712 billion (2017)[1]
Total assets Increase US$57.806 billion (2017)[1]
Total equity Increase US$24.856 billion (2017)[1]
Number of employees
41,992 (2017)[1]
Subsidiaries [2]:at Exhibit 21
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Website www.up.com
Footnotes / references
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The Union Pacific Corporation (or simply Union Pacific) is a publicly traded stock holding company that was established in 1969 [2] and it is the parent company of the current form of the Union Pacific Railroad.

The Union Pacific Corporation is located in Omaha, Nebraska and was located in New York City from the company's founding in 1969 until Drew Lewis became CEO in the mid-1980s. He relocated the corporate headquarters to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Later the headquarters was shifted to Dallas, Texas, before relocating the corporate headquarters to Omaha to join the Union Pacific Railroad headquarters.[4] Lance M. Fritz is the current chairman, president and chief executive officer.

The Union Pacific Corporation has a portfolio of acquiring the Missouri Pacific Railroad which included the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad, the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company, the Western Pacific Railroad, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, the SPCSL Corporation, and the Southern Pacific Transportation Company. All railroads not including the Southern Pacific Transportation Company was merged into the previous form of the Union Pacific Railroad. As part of the UP-SP merger which included the merging of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, the St. Louis Southwestern Railway and the SPCSL Corporation into the previous form of the Union Pacific Railroad, the Union Pacific Corporation merged the previous form of the Union Pacific Railroad into the Southern Pacific Transportation Company and renamed the Southern Pacific Transportation Company to the current form of the Union Pacific Railroad.

The Union Pacific Corporation's main competitor is Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC, the parent company of BNSF Railway. BNSF is the nation's second largest freight rail network and primarily services the same territory as Union Pacific, west of the Mississippi River. Together, Union Pacific and BNSF have a duopoly on all long-haul freight rail service in the Western United States.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

The first Union Pacific Railroad, pronounced "Union Pacific Rail Road" was incorporated on July 1, 1862, under an act of Congress entitled Pacific Railroad Act of 1862. The act was approved by President Abraham Lincoln, and it provided for the construction of railroads from the Missouri River to the Pacific as a war measure for the preservation of the Union.[5] It was constructed westward from Council Bluffs, Iowa to meet the Central Pacific Railroad line, which was constructed eastward from San Francisco Bay. The combined Union Pacific-Central Pacific line became known as the First Transcontinental Railroad and Overland Route. The original UP was entangled in the Crédit Mobilier scandal, exposed in 1872. Later, the original UP was in financial troubles because of the financial crisis of 1873 but did not go into bankruptcy.

The original company was taken over by the new Union Pacific Railway on January 24, 1880 and the original company was merged into the Union Pacific Railway. The Union Pacific Railway declared bankruptcy during the Panic of 1893.

In 1897 a new "Union Pacific Railroad" (pronounced "Railroad") was formed and the Union Pacific Railway was merged into the new Union Pacific Railroad.[6] This Union Pacific Railroad is the third incarnation, and the third incarnation makes up the bulk of the Union Pacific history. The third Union Pacific Railroad lasted until 1998 when it was replaced by the fourth incarnation, formerly the Southern Pacific Transportation Company, the last incarnation of the Southern Pacific railroad. The Union Pacific Corporation was established during the tenure of the third Union Pacific Railroad.

Establishment and current ownership of the current Union Pacific Railroad[edit]

The Union Pacific Corporation was established in 1969 with its incorporation in Utah and it was established to take control of the then third incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad later referred to as Mark I and its non-railroad subsidiaries.

The Union Pacific Corporation was established the same year the current Union Pacific railroad began. The current Union Pacific Railroad is the fourth incarnation and it is referred to as Mark II; the current incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad is formerly known as the Southern Pacific Transportation Company, the last incarnation of the Southern Pacific railroad. The Union Pacific Corporation merged the third Union Pacific Railroad into the Southern Pacific Transportation Company and then renamed the Southern Pacific Transportation Company to the current Union Pacific Railroad.

Subsidiary history[edit]

The Union Pacific Corporation is the parent company of all UP subsidiaries and operating companies besides the current Union Pacific Railroad (the largest operating company). The Union Pacific Corporation, under the current Union Pacific Railroad, owns the Alton and Southern Railway, a switching railroad.

The Union Pacific Corporation operated the Southern Pacific Rail Corporation (formerly the second Rio Grande Industries and former parent company for the current Union Pacific railroad) until 2015 when it was merged into the current primary railroad subsidiary.[7][8]

Union Pacific Corporation used to have short lived subsidiaries:

  • UP Leasing Corporation
  • UP Rail (or UP Rail, Inc.)
  • UP Holdings (or UP Holdings, Inc.), originally known as Union Pacific Holdings (or Union Pacific Holdings, Inc.)
  • UP Holding Company (or UP Holding Company, Inc. and UP Holding)
  • Union Pacific Merger Company (Union Pacific Merger Co., or UP Merger and UP Mergerco)
  • UP Acquisition Corporation (or UP Acquisition)
  • Union Pacific Resources Group (Union Pacific Resources Group, Inc. or simply Resources and Union Pacific Resources) [9]
  • Overnite Transportation Company (or "Overnite Transportation"),[9] includes Overnite subsidiary Motor Cargo.

The Union Pacific Corporation operated the Overnite Transportation Company, a trucking company, until it was sold to United Parcel Service (UPS) and renamed UPS Freight.

Merger history and subsidiary involvement during the merger history[edit]

The Union Pacific merger history began with the Union Pacific Corporation acquiring the Missouri Pacific Railroad (which included the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad, and the Western Pacific Railroad. The Union Pacific Corporation merged the Western Pacific Railroad into the third Union Pacific Railroad and then merged the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad into the Missouri Pacific Railroad and transferred direct ownership of the Missouri Pacific Railroad to the third Union Pacific Railroad. The Missouri Pacific Railroad continued operations until January 1, 1997 when it was merged into the third Union Pacific Railroad by the Union Pacific Corporation.[10]

The subsidiaries UP Leasing Corporation, UP Rail and UP Holdings were part of the Union Pacific take over of the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company which was renamed to its original name Chicago and North Western Railway, and its holding company, the Chicago and North Western Holdings Corporation which was renamed to the second Chicago and North Western Transportation Company.[11][12]

In April 1995, the former Chicago and North Western Holdings Corporation (the second Chicago and North Western Transportation Company), along with the Chicago and North Western Railway (formerly the first Chicago and North Western Transportation Company), was acquired by the Union Pacific Corporation.[13][14]

UP Holdings was merged into UP Rail.[15] The Union Pacific Corporation merged UP Rail into the third Union Pacific Railroad. Finally, the Union Pacific Corporation merged the second Chicago and North Western Transportation Company (formerly Chicago and North Western Holdings Corporation) and the Chicago and North Western Railway (formerly the first Chicago and North Western Transportation Company) into the third Union Pacific Railroad, the Chicago and North Western system is now part of the Union Pacific Railroad system.[10] A joint UP-CNW subsidiary, Western Railroad Properties (or "Western Railroad Properties, Inc."), was also merged into the Union Pacific system.

The subsidiaries UP Holding Company, Union Pacific Merger Company and UP Acquisition Corporation were part of the Union Pacific take over of the Southern Pacific Rail Corporation (formerly the second Rio Grande Industries) and the Southern Pacific Transportation Company, the current Union Pacific Railroad.[16] Southern Pacific had financial problems and its mileage was dropped to 13,715 miles (22,072 km) by 1996.

The Union Pacific Corporation purchased the Southern Pacific Rail Corporation which included the Southern Pacific Transportation Company, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, the St. Louis Southwestern Railway and the SPCSL Corporation. The Union Pacific Corporation originally purchased a portion of the Southern Pacific Rail Corporation under the UP Acquisition Corporation subsidiary; the UP Acquisition Corporation subsidiary originally acquired 25 percent of SP's outstanding common shares for $25 per share cash. In June 1996, the UP Acquisition Corporation was merged into the Union Pacific Corporation, the 25 percent of SP's outstanding common shares is now controlled by the Union Pacific Corporation, leaving only 75 percent of SP common shares not owned by the Union Pacific Corporation that was originally going to the UP Acquisition Corporation subsidiary. In September 1996, the Union Pacific Corporation acquired the remaining 75 percent of SP common shares not previously owned by the Union Pacific Corporation. On September 10, 1996, the Union Pacific Merger Company was merged into the Union Pacific Corporation.[10]

The Union Pacific Corporation merged the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, the St. Louis Southwestern Railway and the SPCSL Corporation into the third Union Pacific Railroad.

The Union Pacific Corporation merged the third Union Pacific Railroad into the Southern Pacific Transportation Company in 1998; the Southern Pacific Transportation Company becomes the surviving railroad and at the same time the Union Pacific Corporation renamed the Southern Pacific Transportation Company to fourth incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad. The former Southern Pacific Transportation Company is now operating as the current incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad. The Southern Pacific Rail Corporation remained a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Corporation until 2015 when it was merged into the former Southern Pacific Transportation Company, the current Union Pacific Railroad.

According to the Utah corporation database, it has been suggested that the Southern Pacific Rail Corporation was merged into UP Holding Company[17][18] and UP Holding Company was renamed Southern Pacific Rail Corporation, becoming a second incarnation of the Southern Pacific Rail Corporation. It has also been suggested that UP Holding Company was originally known as "CNW Holdings" (or "CNW Holdings, Inc.").[8] CNW Holdings could be mistaken for the Chicago and North Western Holdings Corporation, the former parent company of the Chicago and North Western.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Union Pacific Corporation 2017 Annual Report (Form 10-K)". sec.gov. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c "Form 10-K Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2010 Union Pacific Corporation". SEC.gov. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  3. ^ "UP Family (Subsidiaries)". Union Pacific Railroad. 
  4. ^ UP:Chronological History Archived August 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., Union Pacific Railroad
  5. ^ "An Act to aid in the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from the Missouri river to the Pacific ocean, and to secure to the government the use of the same for postal, military, and other purposes Archived May 27, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. 12 Stat. 489, July 1, 1862
  6. ^ Brian Solomon (2000). Union Pacific Railroad. Voyageur Press. pp. 35–43. 
  7. ^ "Commission File Number 1-6075 : UNION PACIFIC CORPORATION" (PDF). Up.com. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Entity Details: SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAIL CORPORATION - Utah Business Search - Utah.gov". secure.utah.gov. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  9. ^ a b http://getfilings.com/o0000100885-97-000002.html
  10. ^ a b c https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/100889/0000100889-97-000002.txt UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Union Pacific Railroad 1997
  11. ^ "SEC Info - Chicago & North Western Transportation Co/DE - '10-K' for 12/31/94". Secinfo.com. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  12. ^ "CHICAGO & NORTH WESTERN TRANSPORTATION CO /DE/ (Form Type: SC 13D/A, Filing Date: 03/10/1995)". edgar.secdatabase.com. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  13. ^ Feder, Barnaby J. (1995-03-11). "COMPANY NEWS; Union Pacific to Buy Chicago and North Western". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  14. ^ http://www.secinfo.com/dq2rb.ae.htm Chicago & North Western Transportation Co/DE – ‘10-K’ for 12/31/94
  15. ^ "Entity Details: UP RAIL, INC. - Utah Business Search - Utah.gov". secure.utah.gov. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "MISSOURI PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES, NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)" (TXT). Sec.gov. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "21103 - Decision". Stb.gov. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  18. ^ "Southern Pacific Rail Corporation - crunchbase". Crunchbase.com. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 

External links[edit]

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