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Pittsburg, Kan., company buys Milwaukee rail company

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MILWAUKEE -- A Kansas-based company is buying controlling ownership in Milwaukee-based Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co.

The financial terms involving Watco Transportation Services LLC, based in Pittsburg, Kan., were not disclosed.

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Watco is America's largest privately held short line railroad company and employs 2,200 people.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Wisconsin & Southern employs about 250 people. No layoffs are planned as a result of the agreement.

Wisconsin & Southern will retain its corporate structure and name. Its headquarters will remain in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin & Southern operates on more than 600 miles of track throughout south-central Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois.

Read more: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/state-and-regional/kansas-company-...

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