SIC 4789

This category covers establishments primarily engaged in furnishing transportation or services incidental to transportation that are not classified elsewhere. Included in this industry are stockyards that do not buy, sell, or auction livestock; and pipeline terminals.

NAICS Code(s)

488999 (All Other Activities for Transportation)

487110 (Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land)

488210 (Support Activities for Rail Transportation)

Fril Car Inc. of Brewton, Alabama, was the industry leader in 2001, with $957 million in revenue. Suggs Transportation Services Inc. of Clinton, Maryland, was in second place with $238 million in revenue. Other notable companies were Rescar Inc. of Downers Grover, Illinois, with $133 million in revenue, and Hulcher Services Inc. of Denton, Texas, with $132 million in revenue.

This composite industry was worth less than $1 billion in 1997. Its 100 establishments employed less than 2,000 people in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture generally controls the rail stockyards industry. The USDA administers the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921. The Act contains various financial protections for the industry, and serves as the policing law to control unfair, deceptive, or anti-competitive practices. The 1999 budget for the Packers and Stockyards Administration Association was $13.5 million, with 178 employees.

One of the largest pipeline terminals is the Alyeska Valdez Marine Terminal, which services the Trans Alaska Pipeline system. Alyeska, which delivers 20 percent of the nation's domestic crude oil supply, loads an average of 42 tankers per month at the Valdez terminal.

Further Reading

Baker, Deborah J., ed. Ward's Business Directory of US Private and Public Companies. Detroit, MI: Thomson Gale, 2003.

"Manufacturers Focus on 'Inefficiency from Within."' Interspace, 13 March 2002.

SIC 4789 Transportation Services, Not Elsewhere Classified

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