Friday, October 12, 2012

Andress to head manufacturing at FreightCar America

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FreightCar America, Inc. early Friday said Robert S. Andress has been named vice president, manufacturing. Andress will lead the company's new car manufacturing activities at Roanoke, Va. and Danville, Ill.

Andress joins FreightCar America from Wabtec Corp.; in his most recent role, he was vice president of Wabtec's Global Transit business. Prior to his tenure at Wabtec, he held business and operations leadership roles with companies that included VAE Nortrak and Delphi Automotive.

Andress holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University, and a MBA with a concentration in Operations Management from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

FreightCar America Senior Vice President-Operations Terry Heidkamp said, “We are pleased that Bob has agreed to join FreightCar America. He possesses extensive leadership experience within the rail and automotive industries and has a proven track record of utilizing lean manufacturing processes to achieve significantly improved performance. I look forward to working with Bob to produce similar results at FreightCar America.”