The Allen Group Welcomes German Consulate Delegation to the Dallas Logistics Hub

DALLAS, Texas, (Feb. 20, 2009) — The Allen Group will welcome the German Consulate and the German Transportation Delegation to the Dallas Logistics Hub (DLH), a 6,000-acre multimodal logistics park in southern Dallas County, on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.  The Delegation is visiting the United States on a fact-finding mission regarding transportation best practices in the States in hopes of partnering German and American companies on the potential development of a high-speed rail system with connectivity to logistics parks.

Richard S. Allen, Chief Executive Officer, along with Daniel J. McAuliffe, President and Leslie Jutzi, Director of Governmental Affairs; both from The Allen Group’s Texas Division, will officially welcome the delegation and provide an in-depth tour of the Union Pacific’s Dallas Intermodal Terminal; the multi-interstate highway system; Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail line system and Lancaster Airport’s air-cargo master-plan design, all which surround the DLH logistics park.

“We are honored that the German Consulate and the Transportation Delegation chose the City of Dallas and the Dallas Logistics Hub as part of their U.S. fact-finding mission,” said The Allen Group CEO Richard S. Allen. “Dallas has become one of the most recognized logistics centers in North America, because of its powerful highway, rail and air infrastructure; a true gateway center within the global supply-chain.”

Members of the Delegation included: Hon. Rainer Muenzel, Consul General of Germany; Dr. Ursula Gehring-Muenzel, Spouse of Consul General of Germany; Hon. William Hart, Honorary Consul of Germany in Dallas; Hon. Uwe Beckmeyer, Member of Parliament; Hon. Dirk Fischer, Member of Parliament; Hon. Norbert Koenigshofen, Member of Parliament; Hon. Patrick Doering, Member of Parliament; Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bender, CEO Frankfurt Airport; Mr. Dieter Kaden, CEO DFS German Airtraffic Control and Mr. Hans Stang, Aviation Expert, Consultant to Boards of Lufthansa.

Arriving in the U.S. on Friday, Feb. 20, the Delegation has planned a 10-day stay in the country, starting with a four day visit to the City of Dallas.  The Delegation will then continue on to Memphis, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.  During their visit to Dallas, the Delegation will meet with several elected officials from both the City and County.

Upon their return to Germany, the Transportation Delegation will make a report to the German Parliament. The Delegation is focused on transportation systems in the U.S., observing best practices, security procedures at airports and high-speed rail systems. Eventually, the Delegation hopes to partner German and American companies on the development of a high-speed rail system which would create thousands of jobs for both countries. The United States has already designated various high-speed rail routes, with $8 billion of the Obama Administration’s Economic Stimulus Package designated for the development of a high-speed rail.

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