Maximize your operations. Increase your margins.

PLG Consulting brings decades of unique, specific expertise and experience in rail, truck, marine, bulk terminal, warehouse, and plant site operations. Your bottom line depends on safe, dependable, and cost-efficient operations, and PLG Consulting will help you improve performance, control costs, and mitigate risk.

Safety first

The most important aspect of any operation or investment is safety.  Best-in-class companies recognize that safety is a prerequisite for maximizing operational performance and margins. PLG Consulting works with you to ensure your operational practices protect against injury and prevent accidents, spills, product loss, environmental damage, and security threats.

PLG Consulting provides a range of services to ensure your health, environmental, safety, and security (HESS) policies fully support your business objectives and promote the highest standards of performance and compliance, including:

  • Safety and compliance audits
  • Training
  • Standards/procedures/policies development
  • Accident investigation
  • Preventative maintenance inspection and program management

Our capabilities extend across all transportation modes to ensure you meet all obligations from OSHA, FRA, DOT, Coast Guard, Transport Canada, EPA, and other regulatory bodies.

Operations consulting at plant sites and terminals

PLG Consulting has helped dozens of clients assess, improve, and maintain operational performance at plant and terminal locations throughout North America.  Examples of our capabilities include:

In-plant rail operations assessment and improvement
  • Switching optimization
  • Locomotive/car mover asset optimization
  • Yard management technology
  • Serving carrier/interchange operations planning
  • Rail design and engineering
  • Fleet asset sizing, specification, and optimization
Bulk material handling loading/unloading
  • Transloading procedures and equipment
  • Dry and liquid bulk commodities
  • Material handling and conveyance systems
  • Silo/tank/warehouse storage
  • Transfer/chain-of-custody procedures and documentation
  • Inventory management systems technology
Ports and terminals
  • Dock safety and operations
  • US Coast Guard regulatory compliance
  • Barge and vessel shifting/fleeting
  • Stevedore operations
  • Scheduling and asset optimization

Operations consulting by mode


PLG Consulting brings deep operational expertise in rail for clients who own or invest in common carrier railroads, and for those shippers who have significant private rail operations. We can help you:

  • Develop operating plans
  • Provide operational due diligence on railroad investments
  • Specify equipment
  • Implement technology


Whether common carrier or private fleet, PLG Consulting will help you develop operating plans that maximize efficiency and control costs.  We can help you:

  • Develop dispatching plans and protocols
  • Implement technology
  • Optimize nodes and lanes
  • Develop driver recruitment and retention strategies
  • Specify equipment


PLG Consulting helps ensure your bluewater and brownwater assets enjoy safe and productive operations across any commodity or trade lane.  Let us assist you:

  • Optimize port and terminal operations
  • Size and specify equipment
  • Develop service plans for your common carrier and private assets

Call or email us to schedule a no-obligation, custom consultation.

Or call us at +1 312-957-7757

Project Examples

    We are a bulk logistics and supply chain consulting firm who delivers customized and practical solutions to the industrial economy. Over 200 of the world’s most admired shippers, transportation service providers and PE firms trust us to help solve their complex logistics and supply chain challenges.


    100 S. State Street 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 USA


    +1 312-957-7757