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Coaltrans USA Hall of Fame: Wilson Browning

Kinder Morgan’s Commercial Director - Wilson Browning shares his thoughts on the changes in the coal sector…

Following behind his father and grandfather, Wilson Browning is the third generation in shipping and handling coal exports from the USA. He highlights the importance of relationships in the coal sector, as well as the new dynamics and consolidation that has affected the industry.

Coaltrans Conferences: How has the coal industry in the US changed since you started your career? 

Wilson Browning: It is much more dynamic; there are higher highs and lower lows and there has been quite a lot of consolidation of all parts of the coal sector that include suppliers and end users, and everyone inbetween.

Coaltrans Conferences: What kinds of solutions does your business offer?

Wilson Browning:
Kinder Morgan is the largest independent terminal operator in North America. We have more than 180 terminals that store petroleum products and chemicals, and handle bulk materials like coal, petroleum coke and steel products.

Coaltrans Conferences: What kinds of partnerships are important to you and your business?

Wilson Browning:
The coal industry is very much about relationships. As a terminal company we must have good partnerships with railroads, barge lines, trucking companies, towing companies, sampling companies, ship agents, surveyors, and many many others.

Coaltrans Conferences: How would you describe your experience at Coaltrans USA to someone who hasn’t attended before?

Wilson Browning:
It has been a very good conference for meeting and ultimately getting to know people from all parts of the coal industry. The Coaltrans USA Conference has historically been attended by many of the largest or more prominent coal producers, US steel mills, overseas steel mills, US utilities, overseas utilities, global trading companies and shipping companies and other support companies involved with the coal industry. Also the timing of the conference at the beginning of the year always allows for a good way to start the year seeing your customers and friends in the industry.

How do you think the US coal industry changed over the last 15 years? Tell us via Twitter or via our discussion on LinkedIn.

The Coaltrans USA Hall of Fame honours people and businesses who have attended the last five consecutive events.

This content is provided by Coaltrans Conferences for informational purposes only, and it reflects the market and industry conditions and presenter’s opinions and affiliations available at the time of the presentation.

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