Cooper Rail Service was founded in 1982 by Charles “Sonny” Cooper with one backhoe and a dump truck. We began building short sidings and spur tracks along with performing backhoe work for the local track and bridge railroad departments.

In 2007, brothers Kit and Ryan purchased Cooper Rail Service from their father and have grown the business considerably. The business provides high quality track and bridge build & repair for railroads across the Midwest.

We’ve helped countless governmental, agricultural and industrial customers complete successful projects through our contracting services by providing excavation, demolition, rigging services, bridge design & builds, ditching and site work. That’s why we expanded our business to Cooper Contracting.

We want to help you complete your next project on time, on budget and above expectation. Talk to our experienced team today!

We Are Proud Members Of:
  • American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association
  • American Railway Engineering & Maintenance-of-Way Association

Cooper Rail Service was founded in 1982 by Charles “Sonny” Cooper with one backhoe and a dump truck. We began building short sidings and spur tracks along with performing backhoe work for the local track and bridge railroad departments.

In 2007, brothers Kit and Ryan purchased Cooper Rail Service from their father and have grown the business considerably. The business provides high quality track and bridge build & repair for railroads across the Midwest.

We’ve helped countless governmental, agricultural and industrial customers complete successful projects through our contracting services by providing excavation, demolition, rigging services, bridge design & builds, ditching and site work. That’s why we expanded our business to Cooper Contracting.

We want to help you complete your next project on time, on budget and above expectation. Talk to our experienced team today!

We Are Proud Members Of:
  • American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association
  • American Railway Engineering & Maintenance-of-Way Association

The Cooper Rail Service Team

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Ryan Cooper

Owner & President

Ryan started with the company in 1985 as a machine operator and by 1992 began managing projects. He became President in 2007 when he and his brother purchased the business from their father Charles “Sonny” Cooper. Ryan’s passion lies in managing the equipment side of the business. He ensures efficiency in our execution by having the right equipment for every job.

Ryan is a Certified Welder – Fabricator, Crane/Equipment Operator, CDL Driver. He holds certifications in Roadway Worker Protection Contractor Safety – CSX & Norfolk Southern and E-RAILSAFE – Certified Contractor

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Kit Cooper

Owner & Vice President

In his role, Kit Cooper is involved with project management, job estimating and equipment management.

He first began with Cooper Rail Service, Inc. in 1989 working with his father. Now with over 25 years of experience, Kit has bid and managed every type of project in our service offering.

Kit is a Certified Welder – Fabricator and Equipment Operator. He holds certifications in Roadway Worker Protection Contractor Safety – CSX & Norfolk Southern and E-RAILSAFE – Certified Contractor

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Brady Blessinger

Project Engineer

Brady is not only a highly-skilled engineer, he’s a favorite team member according to our customers! Brady joined Cooper Rail Service in January 2015. He assists with estimating and construction management operations, as well as site preparation, bridge layout and more. Brady holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Evansville.

Before joining Cooper, he gained valuable engineering and construction experience with organizations including CHA Companies, the Evansville Regional Airport, and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). Brady is also experienced in highway bridge inspection, performing inspections for numerous counties over the past five years.

In addition to highway bridge inspections, Brady has created Bridge Management Plans and performed inspections for shortline railroads to keep them in compliance with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Brady holds certifications from INDOT, NHI, NARS, Roadway Worker Protection Contractor Safety, E-RAILSAFE, and the University of Tennessee.

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Jennifer Abell, CPA

CFO

Jennifer joined the Cooper team in July 2015. As a Certified Public Accountant, Jennifer has amassed broad business experience working with multiple organizations in various industries that go beyond her expertise in accounting. Past roles include government official, auditor, corporate controller and business consultant. She brings this experience to collaborate and help lead the Cooper team in navigating complex business issues that encourage continuous improvement and continued growth.

Dedicated

Our dedicated group of employees take pride in our work to deliver on schedule, within budget and above expectation.

Quality

Based in Southern Indiana, we travel to Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas to provide top quality service to our customers.

Beginnings

Our first bridge construction took place in 1989 for Norfolk Southern Railroad. Today we specialize in bridge & track building, repair and more throughout the Midwest.

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Cooper Rail Service Inc. specializes in new railroad bridge construction and railroad bridge repair.

CooperLogo

Cooper Rail Service Inc. specializes in new railroad bridge construction and railroad bridge repair.