Supplier Diversity

Union Pacific Supplier Diversity Program

Union Pacific’s Supplier Diversity program was implemented in 1982. Union Pacific was the first among the Class I Railroads to establish a formal, company-wide supplier diversity program. In the first year of the program Union Pacific spent $10 million with M/WBEs. Today, our direct spending has grown to more than $400 million.

The Mission

Union Pacific Railroad is committed to the utilization of diverse business. We strive to develop, cultivate and promote these businesses while providing the highest quality materials and services at the lowest total cost to our customers, thereby impacting the economic growth and development of the communities where we operate.

At Union Pacific we recognize that strengthening and utilizing businesses owned by minorities, women, LGBT, and veterans contributes to the economic growth and expansion of the communities we serve. Our policy is to offer these businesses the maximum opportunity to compete with other suppliers and contractors in the marketplace. We will assist in developing and strengthening these business relationships by maintaining active efforts to seek, identify and encourage their participation in our procurement processes.

Supplier Spotlight

CPR Transit CEO and Owner Paula Fagan, has over 30 years of experience in executive management and administration, along with facility management giving her the skills needed to run the business end of the company while also working hand in hand with CPR’s Chief Operations Officer Robert Holmes to oversee the daily functions of each ramp facility.  CPR’s Chief Operations Officer and company co-owner Robert Holmes began his career in the trenches as an unloader 15 years ago and has risen through the ranks.  Promoted from a ramp manager in 2000 to Regional Operations Manager and a company VP, his expertise, leadership and demand for precision is what helps make CPR Transit a success.  CPR Transit works closely with the railroad to execute steps in the loading and unloading process.  Constant radio communication, hand signals, spotters, scanners and overall internal technology, aids in safety as well as inventory management making CPR Transit a full-service partner.  We also believe in the importance of communication as a valued tool in the client-vendor relationship.

When another company lost its contract to load and unload vehicles at Union Pacific auto facilities, CPR Transit CEO and Owner Paula Fagan saw an opportunity, and she grabbed it. She presented a business plan to provide the same service at ramp facilities in West Chicago and Centerville, Illinois, saving more than 40 employees’ jobs.  The Bolingbrook, Illinois-based company is co-owned by Fagan and her husband Robert Holmes who has extensive industry expertise. Both oversee daily functions at each ramp facility, working closely with Union Pacific to ensure new cars, trucks and SUVs are loaded and unloaded, maintaining factory conditions. Like Union Pacific, CPR Transit believes safety and clear communication are critically important. Constant radio communication between employees, hand signals, spotters and technology are used to make operations successful.

Our Goals

  • Increase spending and utilization with diverse businesses.
  • Design programs that will assist diverse businesses with growth and development.
  • Offer assistance to help educate and expand business networks for long-term stability and success.
  • Offer diverse businesses the maximum opportunity to compete with other suppliers and contracts in the marketplace.