Hammerstone honored by R.J. Corman Co.
In the early 1990's, Tom Hammerstone was the Vice President and General Manager of the R. J. Corman Railroad Companies. Hammerstone had a vision that Logan Aluminum, the company's largest freight customer, could save money and be more efficient if they could get their raw material and finished goods closer to an interstate. At the time, R.J. Corman's railroad ended at Hopkinsville Elevator in South Union. Hammerstone and Fred Mudge, who ran Logan Aluminum at the time, convinced CSX to sell R. J. Corman the additional ten miles into Bowling Green. The company built the distribution center that accomplished the location and it has been a fabulous success. The building of this connection track allowed a more efficient flow of materials between Logan and our distribution center.
“Tom Hammerstone's vision and fortitude to see that vision through made a tremendous, positive and permanent impact on our company,” said Tammie Taylor, President RJ Corman Railroad Group. “It is my privilege on behalf of all the RJ Corman Railroad Companies to dedicate this connection track to Tom Hammerstone.”
To commemorate this dedication, Taylor presented plaques to Tom's children, Todd Hammerstone and Jill Hammerstone.
The plaques read: RJ Corman Railroad Company's Memphis Line Proudly Dedicated the Hammerstone Connection in Russellville, Kentucky in Honor of Mr. Tom Hammerstone, Presented on Thursday, May 29th, 2008 to his son, Mr. Todd Hammerstone, and his daughter, Ms. Jill Hammerstone.