Friday, August 08, 2014

Brett Holst joins Columbus Castings

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Railway supply veteran Brett Holst has joined Columbus Castings as Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing.

Holst brings nearly 30 years of experience in the rail industry. His professional background includes Amsted Industries, Progress Rail Services, and most recently The Timken Company, a $3 billion manufacturer of high performance steel and mechanical components.

Columbus Castings is owned by New York-based private equity firm PROTOSTAR PARTNERS LLC. “PROTOSTAR is excited to welcome Brett to the Columbus team as his energy and passion for the business, deep industry knowledge, and premier relationships will undoubtedly drive Columbus Castings to achieve greater success,” said Joseph Haviv, Managing Member at PROTOSTAR PARTNERS. “Columbus Castings is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and Brett delivers just that.”

With more than 700 employees and a history that spans more than 100 years, Columbus Castings (formerly Buckeye Steel Castings) is a Columbus, Ohio-based American manufacturer of value-engineered complex steel castings for a wide range of markets and applications, among them manufacturers of freight and passenger railcars, transit cars, mining, and heavy construction equipment. “We keep America Moving” is the company’s mantra.

PROTOSTAR PARTNERS LLC is a New York City-based middle market private equity firm focused on executing complex direct secondary transactions, acquiring portfolios of multiple assets in a single transaction. Founded in 2002, and with nearly $300 million under management, PROTOSTAR has one of the most extensive track records of executing direct secondary transactions in Private Equity buyouts in North America.