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Industry and Company Analysis – Assignment 4Christopher A ZukowskiJWI515: Managerial EconomicsProfessor Terrie PellitteriJune 6, 20211
AbstractBerkshire Hathaway is a large investment firm based out of Omaha, Nebraska. Inaddition to offering investment opportunities in many facets of business like insurance, food, rail,jewelry, and clothing to the continentalUnited States and many European countries, we offermanufacturing opportunities that help to generate a majority of the company’s revenue[ CITATION Mat21 \l 1033 ]. This paper will summarize and analyze Berkshire Hathaway'sservices from its variety of entities under its umbrella of services, including rail transportationand manufacturing division. The paper will explain the product and services we offer, theeconomic environment, and the evaluation of the short- and long-term economic outlook.2
IntroductionBerkshire Hathaway is a North American holding corporation founded in 1965, led byWarren Buffet, after merging Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing Company and HathawayManufacturing Company, originally two textile companies. The company liquidated the textileoperations in 1985 and became a full investment group in 1985. Berkshire Hathaway is locatedin Omaha, Nebraska, and has a staff of about 25 people [ CITATION The211 \l 1033 ]. BerkshireHathaway offers various services that work in conjunction with each other, like the railroadservice and the manufacturing division. The many divisions of Berkshire Hathaway provideessential services like their rail division of Burlington Northern Santa Fe that moves essentialfreight from coast to coast ports that is part of the intermodal services provided by othercompanies.This paper aims to summarize and analyze the line of Burlington Northern Santa FeRailroad's proposed expansion in terms of operating into Canada. The paper will provide ageneral industry summary along with a detailed discussion of the competition we will face,short- and long-term economic outlook of the company and industry. This paper will serve as aguide to aid in the decision of current and future investors in Burlington Northern by investingwith Berkshire Hathaway.Company Background and Major Products or ServicesMarket Sector and IndustryBurlington Northern Santa Fe, which is the largest railroad in the continental UnitedStates, and is also apart of the large conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, which provides amultitude of products and services, which include the rail transportation of goods. The serviceswe provide is termed as essential service in the transportation division [ CITATION Fre \l 1033 ].3
Many goods need to be transported by rail, as it is the quickest and easiest to transport them fromone place to another, plus the cost is cheaper than transporting them other means.

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