Logistics Infrastructure Design

Whether you are expanding or redesigning your facilities, or considering new construction, we can evaluate and design the most functional and cost-effective solution for you. We bring a practical approach to help our clients maximize operations, infrastructure, and commercial terms simultaneously. PLG’s expertise extends to all modes and aspects of logistics infrastructure, including terminals, storage, vessels, and loading and unloading systems. From the start, your fully customized logistics architecture and infrastructure layout will fulfill regulatory requirements, accommodate transportation demands, support safe operating performance and reach completion on schedule. We guide clients through the entire process, from master site planning to construction management, with specific considerations for rail engineering, material handling, bulk liquids and mechanical/electrical design. PLG’s logistics experts are recognized for creating operationally efficient designs, with proper execution of all commercial negotiations and agreements. In the last year, our team has completed projects as varied as crude by rail terminals, frac sand trans-load facilities, resin plants, project cargo distribution sites and dry bulk storage facilities.


wind farm

The Power Company of Wyoming (PCW) is in final permitting stages for what will be the largest wind farm in North America. The project entails a 3 gigawatt wind farm that will require approximately 1000 turbines in a remote part of southern Wyoming. Construction is to occur over a 4 year period. Permit conditions and weather allow for a compressed annual construction schedule. Large wind turbine components and construction materials will come from remote and multiple locations. This is a complex project that will require coordination of regulatory agencies, manufacturers, transportation systems, and construction contractors. PCW retained and re-retained PLG on a series of engagements to provide logistics service guidance and engineering services.

Scope of Services

  • Supply chain feasibility and cost evaluation for up to 1000 wind turbines
  • Design cost-effective delivery plan
  • Rail yard design and engineering
  • Engineering design and signalization interaction with serving Class I railroad
  • Turbine and materials receiving yard design
  • Rail facility permitting
  • Write site plan of development and schedule for rail facility
  • Traffic engineering analysis and management planning for local roadways

PLG Expert Analysis and Results

  • Analyzed multiple locations and configurations for efficient rail receiving of turbine components and other project-related construction materials
  • Final permitted design maximizes the use of rail on the project for materials and component deliveries
  • System will save client many millions of dollars in transportation costs
  • Designed intermediate receiving facility to match receiving and pad delivery schedules in a very compressed annual turbine erection window
  • Rail facility in compliance with railroad guidelines and requirements
  • Traffic management plan engineered with mitigations designed to minimize impacts on local roadways during construction
  • Rail facility has received all necessary local, state, and federal permits

Manufacturer of Calcium Products

Founded in 1907, Mississippi Lime is the most diversified producer of high quality lime and calcium based products in North America. Built on one of the world’s richest limestone reserves, Mississippi Lime has thousands of rail shipments per year with a diverse mix of car types and fleets. With complex infrastructure requirements for in-plant and outside plant storage and switching, the client needed to reduce costs and optimize the operations and efficiency of the company’s complex rail activities, procurement, assets, and physical plant. PLG was contracted and provided a comprehensive rail assessment, including benchmarking and analysis of freight spend, fleet assets, switching operations, inventory control, rail-to-barge operations, in-plant infrastructure, technology, and carrier negotiations.

Scope Of Services

  • Comprehensive Rail Assessment, including benchmarking and analysis of freight spend, fleet assets, switching operations, inventory control, rail-to-barge operations, in-plant infrastructure, technology, and carrier negotiations
  • Identify, quantify, and prioritize cost reduction and efficiency improvement initiatives
  • Develop rail strategy to support client’s commercial objectives and long-term corporate planning

PLG Expert Analysis and Results

  • Developed objective and attainable goals for seven-figure cost reductions through review of all aspects of client’s rail activities
  • Deployed PLG team and rail operations experts to reorganize track layouts
  • Designed an operating plan that resulted in labor, locomotive, fuel and rail car storage and handling cost savings at client’s flagship, and world’s largest, limestone mine
  • Developed ROI and business case for various short line strategies, including new corridor construction to expand access to new modes and markets
  • Performed needs assessment, competitive bid process and implementation assistance for new technology system to provide fleet and shipment tracking and control


The PLG Experts


Jean Arndt

Senior Consultant

Jean is an accomplished career logistics executive with over 35 years’ experience in the rail, distribution, and transportation consulting industries. She has in-depth expertise in a wide variety of disciplines, including logistics/railroad network operations and transportation analysis; problem solving and process simplification; systems design, and development and implementation. She is PLG Consulting’s lead Project Manager for rail and petroleum related projects.


  • Director Customer Solutions & Network Management, R. R. Donnelly & Sons Co.
  • V.P. Network Support, BNSF Railway


Rail Management Systems

Diagnostic Assessments

Rail Process Improvement

Rate & Fleet Analysis

Network Design


Due Diligence


Project Development

Bill Graham

Senior Consultant

Bill has over 20 years of business development experience in the environmental services industry – specializing in transportation logistics, renewable energy production, solid waste management, and site remediation. As a project manager, Bill utilizes his expertise and experience in large-scale facility siting, environmental permitting, development, and project finance.


  • VP Project Development, General Biofuels
  • Solar & Wind Energy Project Finance, Banco Santander, S.A.
  • Vice President, Waste Solutions Group
  • Environmental Consultant, EBA Wastechnologies, Inc.


Project Management


Rail Yard Design

Facility Operations

Biomass Energy

Wind/Solar Energy

Supply chain

Tim Rhoads

Senior Consultant

Tim is an accomplished 30-year chemicals supply chain professional with leadership experience in merger & acquisition, divestiture, and consolidation initiatives within two global matrix organizations. As a key member of PLG’s Chemicals Team, Tim delivers value to clients in both the chemical and oil & gas mid-stream markets.


  • Managing Partner, Kelekent Systems, LLC
  • Supply Chain Director, Arkema Coating Resins, UCAR Emulsion Systems & Monomers
  • Senior Supply Chain Manager, Dow Chemical Designed Polymers & Dow Latex


Supply Chain Strategy/Design

Logistics Design Improvements

Operations Cost Efficiency

Lean Six Sigma

Crude by rail / canada

Phil Ireland

Senior Consultant

Phil Is a senior level executive in supply chain management, asset sizing, strategy and network optimization achieved by working over 30 years in Canadian Pacific Railway. He has specific experience in developing crude by rail supply chain solutions including asset optimization and terminal development. Based in Calgary, AB, he brings special expertise in Canadian oil sands crude and the associated transportation, terminal, production and refining needs.


  • Board Member, Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
  • V.P. Service Design & Asset Optimization, Canadian Pacific Railway


Railroad Operations

NA Freight RR Network

Strategic Assessment

Strategic Planning

Due Diligence


Experience · Expertise · Excellence