Midland News & Press Releases


  • The Best Ways to Successfully Mitigate Risk in LPG Transport

    Sep 07, 2020
    There are inherent risks that must be analyzed and mitigated when transporting liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, via railcar. Perhaps the most “noteworthy” or “fear-inducing” risk in transporting LPG is the potential for deadly fires and explosions that can result during an accident or non-accidental release (NAR) incident that includes a breach in product containment.

    Full story

  • Strengthening the “Weak Links” in Rail Transport Through Urban Areas

    Sep 02, 2020
    It’s an unavoidable fact of railroad life that at some point, most unit trains – which can be 100 cars or longer – will pass through a heavily populated urban area while laden with dangerous or hazardous materials. While accidents that result in catastrophic leaks or spills of hazardous materials are extremely rare – and becoming even rarer, according to industry analysts – a rollover incident that occurs in an urban, population-dense area has the potential to adversely affect a large number of people.

    Full story

  • Mitigating the Risk of Product Release at Storage Terminals

    Aug 13, 2020
    In the fluid storage terminal industry, hundreds of product-transfer activities that take place on any given day carry with them the built-in risk of a product release occurring. Product releases, especially if the fluid product is deemed dangerous or hazardous, cannot be tolerated in any form or volume because they can cause injury to those administering the transfer process, along with damage to our environment.

    Full story

  • Achieving Reliable Shear-Off Protection During Railcar Accidents

    Aug 07, 2020
    Per its mission to protect people and the environment while also enhancing business performance, Midland Manufacturing developed a Pressure Relief Valve (PRV) pursuant to the DOT-117/TC-117 regulation.

    Full story

  • Signs Your Railcar Valves Are Ready for Retirement

    Mar 31, 2020
    The lifespan of valves that are used to control and contain bulk materials transported via railcar – whether liquid, gas or solid – is finite. As mechanical instruments, it is inevitable that one day they will begin to break down or outright fail, which will prevent them from adequately and reliably doing the job for which they have been tasked.

    Full story

  • Helping Chlorine Carriers Stay Compliant

    Mar 27, 2020
    There are a number of ways that chlorine carriers can find themselves out of compliance, often through no fault of their own. To aid in the never-ending battle to stay compliant, many railcar component developers and suppliers like Midland have made a commitment to designing Advanced Chlorine Railcar Assembly equipment that addresses all of the FRA, PHMSA and DHS compliance needs of chlorine carriers.

    Full story

  • Five Reasons to Utilize Remanufacturing

    Mar 19, 2020
    Completely overhauling or replacing your railcar valves every few years can be a time-consuming and expensive process. This has led many railcar valve manufacturers to begin offering remanufacturing and repair programs in which customers can send valves that have been in the field back to the manufacturer for testing, inspection and cleaning.

    Full story

  • 3 Potential Risks When Transporting Hazardous Materials

    Jan 24, 2020
    Railroad freight shipments are on track to surpass 24 billion in 2040. That is a 35% increase from 17.8 billion in 2017. Historically high levels of oil and natural gas production are driving this trend, raising the amount of hazardous materials being transported by rail. When combined with chlorine, anhydrous ammonia, ethylene oxide and sulfur dioxide, there are over 3.1 billion tons of hazardous materials transported via rail each year.

    Full story

  • Enhancing the Capabilities of Railcar Chlorine Transport

    Dec 17, 2019
    Much of the chlorine that is produced in the U.S. is transported from production facility to end user via railroads. This, combined with the fact that chlorine is a hazardous material, makes it imperative that it is handled and shipped safely via rail tank cars that have been specifically designed for chlorine transport.

    Full story

  • Keeping Crude-Carrying Railcars Safe and Effective

    Dec 03, 2019
    Since crude oil is classified as a hazardous material, Midland has dedicated itself to designing, manufacturing and distributing world-class equipment and solutions for the safe handling and transport of crude oil. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the population and environment are protected from crude oil leaks and spills, tank overfills and fugitive vapor emissions.

    Full story

  • Know the Risks When Transporting Hazardous Materials by Rail

    Nov 19, 2019
    While the nation’s railroad operators should be proud of this decade's rail safety improvements, this is no time for them to rest on their laurels. The reality is that the next product-release incident can lie just around the next bend in the track. There are three primary potential risks that railroad operators must be aware of every time a train laden with hazardous materials pulls away from the depot.

    Full story

  • Tips for Securing Grants to Purchase Emergency Response Kits (ERKs)

    Nov 05, 2019
    For too many emergency-service providers, wanting and actually acquiring an ERK are two entirely different things. Thankfully, a number of federal programs have been put into place to offer millions of dollars in available grant funding.

    Full story

  • Taking the Sting Out of Anhydrous Ammonia Handling

    Oct 21, 2019
    With the majority of industrial-use NH3 transported via pressurized railcar, it is imperative that the railroads and their employees take serious precautions when loading, unloading and transporting it. Recognizing the importance of preventing the release of NH3, Midland Manufacturing, Inc., has developed an Anhydrous Ammonia Fittings Package that can help guarantee its safe handling, transport and delivery.

    Full story

  • Successfully Handling Ethylene Oxide, A Dangerous but Integral Material

    Sep 18, 2019
    With Ethylene Oxide being necessary in many industrial-manufacturing processes, it is imperative that it be securely contained to minimize leaks that can be harmful to people, surrounding communities or the environment. A large portion of the responsibility for the safe, leak-free handling, transport and delivery of Ethylene Oxide falls on the shoulders of the railroads that are a pivotal link in its supply chain.

    Full story

  • Midland Announces Quick-Ship Program for Bottom Outlet Valves

    Aug 20, 2019
    ***This program has been suspended as of March 2020.*** Continuous improvement of products and services is the driving force at Midland. As the latest update to better serve customers, Midland is pleased to announce that upgrades in processes at the Skokie Midland Manufacturing site have allowed several models of our bottom outlet valves to be available for a quick-ship program with a 5-day turnaround.

    Full story

  • The Business Side of Positive Train Control

    May 28, 2019
    Positive Train Control (PTC) is slated to create safety benefits for rail cars, stopping trains before accidents can occur. Though it is easy to understand the positives of such an asset, the undertaking to get the system up and running is quite complex.

    Full story

  • AAR and FRA Task Force to Have a Major Impact on Manways. Are Your Railcars Ready?

    Apr 01, 2019
    Manways remain the leading cause of all NARs on tank-cars, having made up over 25% of tank-car NARs in 2017. In order to address the issue, the AAR Tank Car Committee, in collaboration with the FRA, has initiated a new docket.

    Full story

  • Midland Emergency Preparedness Training Aims to Improve Railroad Safety

    Mar 12, 2019
    Railcar leaks pose a real threat to both the environment and the bottom line of companies transporting materials by rail. With this in mind, Midland is heading out to railway sites across North America to conduct Emergency Preparedness Training for rail personnel and emergency responders.

    Full story

  • Midland Experts to Lead Multiple Presentations on Rail Tank Car Valves at CI 2019 Annual Meeting

    Mar 11, 2019
    Company representatives will deliver two expert presentations at The Chlorine Institute 2019 Annual Meeting, Technology Symposium & Expo, April 8-11 in Houston, TX. These sessions will focus on Handling and Repairing Rail Car Valves in Chlorine Service and the Application of HCL Pressure Relief Valves.

    Full story

  • New Midland Website Designed for Elegant User Experience

    Feb 04, 2019
    Midland, a global leader in railroad tank car safety valves and equipment, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. Easy to navigate, mobile responsive and elegantly designed, the new website embodies Midland’s commitment to delivering what’s next for railroad tank car safety valves and equipment.

    Full story