Monday, February 10, 2014

AAR welcomes new members

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
The Indiana Rail Road is a new AAR Full Member The Indiana Rail Road is a new AAR Full Member
Two regional railroads and eight railway suppliers have joined the Association of American Railroads as Full Members and Associate Members, respectively.

Indiana Rail Road Company and Pan Am Railways, Inc. have joined the AAR as Full Members. “We are delighted to welcome them into our association,” said AAR President and CEO Ed Hamberger, “Their decision to join the AAR broadens our membership and strengthens our ability to effectively represent our industry."

Eight companies joined the AAR as Associate Members in January 2014.

EVRAZ North America has joined the AAR as a new Gold Associate Member. EVRAZ has an extensive portfolio of premium, intermediate, and standard strength rail. It also offers forged wheel products that comply with AAR standards. The company’s state-of-the-art Technology Center provides on-site testing and accelerated development of next-generation products.

Trailers y Tanques de Aluminio, S.A. de C.V. has joined the AAR as a new Gold Associate Member. A manufacturer of trailers located in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, its goal is to offer transportation solutions for bulk products by providing aluminum trailer tanks, carbon steel, and stainless steel to carry both crude oil and refined products, such as low density solids. With presence in South America and the U.S., the company currently exports products and provides high quality services for the transportation industry.

Cisco Systems, Inc. has joined the AAR as a new Silver Associate Member. Cisco deploys secure, flexible IP networks and ruggedized products in stations, on board trains, and at trackside. Designed with safety and security as a top priority, Cisco’s Connected Rail solutions converge disparate networks, which reduces costs and improves operational efficiency while enhancing the passenger experience.

Greenbrier Leasing Company has joined the AAR as a new Silver Associate Member. GLC is headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon and is the leasing and services platform for the Greenbrier Companies. With an owned fleet of approximately 8,300 railcars, a managed fleet of approximately 231,000 railcars, and syndications of over $2 billion leased railcars within the past nine years, GLC is one of the three business segments that allows Greenbrier to be an integrated supplier to the rail market.

IRECO, LLC has joined the AAR as a new Silver Associate Member. IRECO combines its engineering expertise with experience in the appropriate materials selection to meet the needs of railroad customers. Products include stamped and drop forged railcar components, cable assemblies, and plastic and rubber moldings. In addition, IRECO has been a recipient of the TTX SECO Award for the past 20 years.

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (MST) has rejoined the AAR as a Silver Associate Member. Lockheed Martin is the System Integrator for the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS), developed for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). ATMS is a vital positive train control system developed in accordance with CENELEC standards and designed to support ARTC’s objectives of improving rail network capacity, operational flexibility, availability, reliability, transit times, and rail safety.

RESIDCO has joined the AAR as a new Silver Associate Member. RESIDCO is a highly experienced and uniquely qualified transportation equipment lessor and asset management company that operates and manages a fleet of more than 4,000 freight cars and locomotives. RESIDCO has specialized in the trading, acquisition, syndication, leasing, and financing of rail equipment representing every major car type since our inception in 1982, involving over 70,000 railcars.

Roll Form Group has joined the AAR as a new Silver Associate Member. The Roll Form Group of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited consists of three manufacturing locations across Canada and one manufacturing facility in the U.S. Each of the locations is set up to manufacture certain types of roll formed products. The Roll Form Group supplies all major industries with custom roll forming and fabrication solutions as well as branded product lines targeted to the commercial building industry. As a value-added supplier, the Roll Form Group provides customers with complete integration of the Group’s facilities, product planning, and research and development.