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ACD Press Release

Arlington, VA
March 10, 2023

Susannah Williams

NACD Applauds Appointment of Richard G. Erstad to STB Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council


Arlington, VA – Today, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) President and CEO Eric R. Byer released the following statement regarding the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) appointment of NACD member company representative Richard G. Erstad to its Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC):

“NACD is thrilled with STB’s appointment of Richard G. Erstad to its Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council. Mr. Erstad, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of NACD member Hawkins, Inc., brings extensive, first-hand experience and knowledge of the unique challenges rail shippers face. Through his long and successful tenure in the chemical distribution industry and his involvement with NACD, including his previous time as Chair of NACD’s Regulatory Affairs Committee, Mr. Erstad understands the appropriate balance of government oversight when transporting goods throughout our nation’s communities and will be an invaluable member of the Council.”

The RSTAC’s 15 appointed members consist of senior officials representing large and small shippers, as well as large and small railroads who provide advice on regulatory policy and legislative matters to the STB Chair, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.


NACD and its over 400 member and Affiliate companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third party-verified management practice. For more information on NACD, visit